South Florida, please take advantage of your constitutional right to vote in 2020! Now is the time to ensure that you and your families are registered to vote before November 3rd. If you have questions about the voting process or how to register, check out some information we’ve gathered from the Florida Division of Elections and the Florida Association of Counties. The official election dates are:
General Election Day: November 3, 2020
Here are some important tips for voting in the 2020 General Elections!
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Anyone who suspects improper or irregular activities at early voting sites is urged to call the VOTER PROTECTION Hotline at 305-547-3300.
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If you are having a problem voting, tell someone. Talk to a poll worker before you finish voting. If you do not get help from a poll worker, ask to speak to a supervisor. If your problem is not resolved, you can report the issue to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The phone number to call to report an issue with voting is (800) 253-3931. For more information, click here.
How to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Be Mailed
A request for a vote-by-mail ballot may be made in one of the following ways:
- Online application on your county Supervisors of Elections’ website;
- In writing (e.g., by email, fax, mail) to Supervisor of Elections;
- In person at Supervisor of Elections;
- By telephone call to Supervisor of Elections.
To make a request, the following information is required:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested;
- The voter's address;
- The voter's date of birth; and
- The voter's signature (if the request is written).
If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for a voter, the following additional information must be provided:
- The requestor's address;
- The requestor's driver's license number (if available);
- The requestor's relationship to the voter; and
- The requestor's signature (if the request is written).
The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. However, the ballot must still be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count. Exceptions exist for overseas military and civilian voters. See Military and Overseas Citizens Voting for further information.
How to Vote a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Instructions are included with the vote-by-mail ballot. The voted ballot must be returned and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Other return options are available for Military and Overseas Voters. If the voter decides to go to the polls to vote instead voting by mail, the voter should bring the vote-by-mail ballot (marked or not). The vote-by-mail ballot will be canceled and the voter can vote a regular ballot at the polls. If the voter comes to the polls without the vote-by-mail ballot, the voter can vote a regular ballot if the supervisor of elections’ office can confirm that it has not received the voter’s vote-by-mail ballot. If it is confirmed that the supervisor of elections office has received the vote-by-mail ballot or it cannot be determined, the voter cannot vote a regular ballot at the polls. However, if a voter believes that he or she has not already voted, he or she shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
A vote-by-mail voter may drop off a voted vote-by-mail ballot at a designated secure drop box at early voting sites in the election. Please contact the county Supervisor of Elections or refer to their website for the location of all the vote-by-mail ballot secure drop boxes in your county.
Vote-by-Mail Ballot 'Send' Deadline
For vote-by-mail ballot requests on record, state law requires that the ballots be sent during specified timeframes.
For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service member and overseas civilian voters (also known as UOCAVA voters), Supervisors of Elections send the ballots no later than 45 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:
- General Election: September 19
For domestic voters, Supervisors of Elections send the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:
- General Election: September 24 – October 1
More important details:
Vote-By-Mail Ballots must be requested by October 24th. Earlier is even better. Find all Florida Supervisor of Elections websites here.
If you Vote-By-Mail, your ballot must be received by your Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7pm on Election Day or it won’t be counted. There will be secure drop boxes at all Early Voting locations.
Completed Vote By Mail ballots can be dropped off in secure boxes at any of the Early Voting locations or at the Supervisor of Elections office, no later than 7pm on Election Day.
If you Vote-By-Mail through the US Postal Service, be sure to send your ballot at least 7 to 10 days before the Election. And be sure you have enough postage! Be 100% sure - take your ballot to a post office to be weighed.
Early Voting Period
By law, early voting must be held at least for 8 days. The mandatory early voting periods for 2020 are:
- General Election: October 19 – Nov. 1
Each county Supervisor of Elections may offer more days of early voting from one or more of the following days:
- General Election: October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and November 1
Check with your county Supervisor of Elections for the additional days of early voting that may be offered in your county.
A Presidential Primary Election is held on the third Tuesday of March in a presidential election year. The Primary Election is held 11 weeks before the General Election for purposes of nominating party nominees to be voted for in the General Election to fill a national, state, county, or district office. A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The election dates for 2020 are:
- General Election: November 3
Note: Special elections may be called at any time during the year. Local elections may also be held throughout the year. Check the Local Elections Database which contain dates as reported by the county for elections (county-specific, municipal, special district, or other local election) scheduled within one county. Contact your county Supervisor of Elections for the most up-to-date information.
More Important Information:
You must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines when you vote in person. You will not be permitted to enter without a mask.
Be sure you have your Voter’s Registration Card and some form of picture ID with your signature when you vote in person. Ex: Florida Driver’s License, DHSMV ID Car, U.S. Passport, Military ID, Student ID
Have questions about voting in Miami Dade County? Call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 305-499-VOTE (8683), from 8 am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Have Questions about voting in Broward County? Call the Supervisor of Elections office at 954-357-7050, or email email@example.com
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