Election Day Information



 

ID Requirements

 

State law (section 101.043, Florida Statutes) requires a person to bring photo and signature identification when they vote in person. For more information on acceptable forms of voter ID, please visit our Identification Requirements page.

 

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Precinct Information

 

On Election Day, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registered voters are required to vote at the assigned precinct of his/her legal residence. Use our Precinct Finder to locate a precinct or call (239) 252-VOTE for more information.

Access to the polls:

In accordance with Florida Statute 102.031(3), the only persons allowed inside the polling place during the voting hours include:

  • Persons there to vote, persons in care of a voter, or persons caring for such voter

  • Election workers

  • Official poll watchers approved for the precinct by the Supervisor – §101.131, F.S.

  • The Supervisor of Elections and/or elections staff

  • Law enforcement/emergency service personnel (if needed)

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Assistance in Voting

 

Florida Statutes §101.051 prohibits anyone from being with the voter when they cast their vote unless the voter has previously requested a need for assistance.

If not previously identified as requiring assistance, the voter must complete an affidavit before anyone will be permitted to accompany the voter into the voting booth.

If the voter does not bring a person to provide assistance, two election workers of different political affiliations may accompany the elector to the voting booth.

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FL is a Closed Primary State

 

Florida is a Closed Primary State. This means that only voters who are registered members of a political party may vote for their respective party’s candidates in a Primary Election. Voters without party affiliation are not eligible to vote for party candidates and voters who belong to a minor party can only vote for party candidates if those candidates are on the ballot. (F.S. 101.021)

To make changes to their party affiliation, voters must notify the Supervisor of Elections office by completing and signing a new voter registration application form or other signed written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number. You cannot change your party at the polling place. To be eligible for a Primary Election, a party change must be made at least 29 days before the Primary Election. (F.S. 97.1031)

 

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Provisional Voting

 

A provisional ballot is an alternative voting method for a voter whose eligibility is in question or cannot be verified at their polling site. Provisional ballots help protect against voter fraud and are governed by state law (see F.S. 101.048). For more information about provisional ballots, visit our Provisional Voting page.

 

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