Get out the Vote, Florida (2022)

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Everyone should have the right to exercise their voices at the ballot box. Yet, voter suppression among communities of color, students, disabled people, and the elderly, persists throughout Florida’s history.

Our democracy works best when more people participate, but make no mistake, dating back to Jim Crow and extending forward, voter suppression is real and it impacts voters of color the most. If political candidates and sitting politicians refuse to lead on racial justice, they should not be a leader.

You have the power to select, endorse, and vote for a candidate that speaks to you and your community's values. 

Register to Vote and Update Your Voter Registration

You have the power to select, endorse, and vote for a candidate that speaks to you and your community’s values.

Resources

KEY DATES

Primary Election:

General Election:

  • The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
  • The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to you for the General Election is: Saturday, October 29, 2022.

  • The Midterm Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 

  • Mandatory early voting across the state runs from October 29 through November 5. Additional early voting dates vary by county. Please visit your Supervisor of Elections website for details about early voting in your county. 

1. Important Dates

A.Important Dates

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Primary Election:

General Election:

2. Register to vote / Update your voter registration

A.Register to vote / Update your voter registration

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Register to vote or update your voter information by visiting this website: registertovoteflorida.gov/home

3. Make a Plan to Vote

A.Make a Plan to Vote

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  • Check your voter registration status.
  • Locate your polling place and note the hours of operation.
  • Consider voting early or by using a vote-by-mail ballot
  • If you plan to vote at the polls, go early in the day to avoid the last-minute rush.
  • Check to see if you need identification to vote (see Voter ID section).
  • Read all instructions carefully.
  • Take your time.
  • Ask for help if you need it.

Visit the Florida Division of Elections Website. 

4. Accepted Forms of ID

A.Accepted Forms of ID

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  • Florida driver’s license;
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles;
  • U.S. passport;
  • U.S. military ID card;
  • debit or credit card with your photo;
  • student ID card with your photo;
  • retirement center identification with your photo;
  • neighborhood association identification with your photo;
  • public assistance identification with your photo.
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • A Florida license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

Signatures can change over time. If you think your signature has changed since you registered, it may be a good idea to update it by submitting a voter registration application to your Supervisor of Elections.

If the ID you present doesn’t have your signature, you’ll have to bring another ID with your signature on it. The ID with your signature does not have to include your photo. You will also have to sign your name.

If you go to the polls without an acceptable ID, you can cast a provisional ballot. It will be counted if your signature on your ballot matches your signature on your voter registration on file.

5. Voter Status and Polling Locations

A.Voter Status and Polling Locations

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You can check your polling location, your voter status and the status of your request for a vote-by-mail ballot on the Supervisor of Elections website here (https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/check-your-voter-status-a...) or calling (866) 308-6739. Note the hours of operation.

Consider voting before Election Day during the Early Voting period or by using vote-by-mail. If you plan to vote at the polls, go early in the day to avoid the last-minute rush.

6. Know your rights at the ballot box

A.Know your rights at the ballot box

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Learn more about how to exercise your voting rights, resist voter intimidation efforts, and access disability-related accommodations and language assistance at the polls. 

https://www.aclufl.org/en/know-your-rights/know-your-rights-while-voting

7. Election Protection Hotline

A.Election Protection Hotline

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If you have problems voting or have additional questions, please call the national, non-partisan Election Protection Hotline:

  • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
  • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)
  • Arabic:  1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
  • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683

8. Vote by Mail in Florida

A.Vote by Mail in Florida

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Even if you request a vote-by-mail ballot, you can still vote in person if you have not returned your ballot. If you still have it, take your ballot with you to show it has not been returned.


When you vote by mail, a poll worker will compare your signature on the outside of the return envelope to the signature on file with the elections office. To make sure these signatures match, update your voter registration using one of the following methods. Likewise, if there is an issue with your ballot, the supervisor of elections will try to contact you using your contact information on record, so update your contact information with your voter registration using one of the following methods. The form is the same as a new voter registration form, you will check "Record Update/Change" instead of “New Registration.”

  1. Request a Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot to be mailed to you by 5 pm August 13.
    • A VBM ballot can be picked up until the 7pm deadline on Election Day either by the voter or a designee.
    • Requests to vote by mail are only good for one general election cycle, so you may need to request it this year, even if you've voted by mail in the past. If you request a VBM ballot for this year’s August primary election, you can also request a November general election ballot for this year’s cycle at the same time. You can also request a VBM ballot for just the November general election.
    • Request a vote-by-mail ballot using one of the following methods. You should make this request as soon as possible to make sure you receive your ballot with plenty of time to return it.
    • If you are able, complete the online application on your supervisor of elections' website.
    • Request in person at the supervisor of elections' office.
    • Request by calling your supervisor of elections.
    • Request in writing, through email, fax or mailing your supervisor of elections' office.
    • You will need to provide your driver license or state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number; whichever your supervisor of elections office has on file. If you are unsure which identifying information they have on file, update your voter registration using one of the methods above. 
       
  2. Receive Your Ballot: You can pick up your vote-by-mail ballot once ballots are printed, or it will be mailed to you. If you need someone else to pick up your ballot, you can designate someone in writing.
     
  3. Return Your Ballot by 7 pm Election Day: You can mail your ballot or drop it off in person at the supervisor of elections office or a secure ballot intake station at an early voting site or other designated drop site. Your vote-by-mail ballot will list the drop off sites.
    • Voters who have requested to vote by mail can still choose to vote in-person. To avoid issues, bring the vote-by-mail ballot to the polling location. If it's been misplaced, you can still vote at your polling place if the SOE can confirm your mailed ballot has not been returned. If they cannot, you will be asked to vote a provisional ballot.
       
  4. Track Your Ballot: Visit your Supervisor of Elections' website or the State's Voter Information Lookup site to track your ballot to make sure it was received. If you can't track your ballot on their website within 3 days of mailing your VBM ballot, you should contact your SOE to confirm that your ballot was received.

If Your Ballot Is Rejected: If your VBM ballot was not accepted, the SOE is required by law to notify you, tell you why it was rejected and give you an opportunity to correct any issues to "cure" your ballot and have it counted.  

You Have a Right to Remedy Your Ballot: If your VBM ballot is rejected or you are required to cast a provisional ballot, your supervisor of elections is required by law to allow you to cure the ballot by submitting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit and a copy of your ID. You must submit this by 5 p.m. two days after the election.