Voters who have moved within the county since the last election should report their new residence address to the Supervisor of Elections office before going to vote. Reporting address changes will help avoid problems at the polls and enable the Supervisor of Elections office to issue an updated voter information card that reflects the changes. Voters failing to advise the Supervisor of Elections office of an address change may find their polling location and election districts have changed and may be referred to a different precinct on Election Day before being permitted to vote.
Voters who moved out of the county before the election date are required to vote in the county of new residence.
Address Change Form
What is Legal Residency?
There are different legal definitions for residency in different parts of the law. For voter registration purposes, legal residency must meet a two-part test. Voters must intend the county to be their legal residence plus they must have physical presence.
The courts have held that legal residence is a place of abode and is evidenced by where a person sleeps and eats, where their spouse and children live, and where a person is a licensed driver, as opposed to a place of employment or conducting commerce. Voters may have more than one house or apartment but may have only one legal residence for voter registration purposes. Individuals who own more than one dwelling should be registered in the county where they claim homestead exception.
Supervisor of Elections office notices are sent by first class mail. An "Address Confirmation Final Notice" is sent by forwardable mail when any Supervisor of Elections office notice, sample ballot, voter information card or first class letter is returned as undeliverable by the Post Office. The voter has 30 days from the notice date to respond in writing. Failure to respond means a transfer to inactive status. Inactive status cancels all future mailings of election notices, sample ballots, and Vote-by-Mail ballots which were requested previously. Permanent removal occurs when inactive voters do not provide written response to the Supervisor of Elections office notice and do not vote over the next two federal general elections.
How To Update Voter Information
The voter application is uniform throughout Florida. Each application provides the addresses for each Supervisor of Elections office in the state. Eligible individuals may obtain an application from any participating agency and mail it to the appropriate county of residence. The following data provided by electors is exempt from Florida's public records law and may be used only by the Supervisor of Elections office unless otherwise ordered by a court: the application's point of origin (by mail, driver license, etc.); social security number; Florida Driver License number; Florida Identification number; and applicant's signature.
The signed application can also be used to update an existing voter's record. Updates are a change of name, residence, mailing address, signature, or party affiliation. Changes to a voter's address may also be made by calling or emailing the Supervisor of Elections office: (239) 252-VOTE (8683) or SupervisorofElections@colliergov.net.
Florida is a closed primary state. A voter's political party preference - or lack of a political party preference - must be provided at the time of registration. An elector may change party affiliation at any time subject to the following:
The voter's request must be in writing, dated and signed
The voter's party (or lack of a party) at the registration deadline is the party in which the elector must vote
The voter's signed, written request must be received by the Supervisor of Elections by the registration deadline in order to vote in the new party
The Supervisor of Elections office is prohibited from processing signed, written party change requests received after the registration deadline until after the primary.