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- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must be 18 years old
(may pre-register at 16 years of age)
- Must be a Florida resident
- Must have your civil rights (If convicted of a felony or declared mentally incompetent by the courts, your civil rights must be restored before registering.)
Federal and State laws allow you to apply for or update an existing voter registration while at the Driver License Office, Public Library, Center for Independent Living, WIC & DCF offices or at any elections office. A Florida Voter Registration Application form can also be found online or call us and we’ll mail you a copy.
When completing the registration application take special care to follow the directions and answer all required questions. Voter registration is available year-round, but in order to vote in an upcoming election you must complete the registration process no later than 29 days prior to that election
If you are registering to vote by mail and have never voted in Florida and haven’t been issued a Florida Driver’s License, identification card or Social Security number, you will be required to provide additional identification before voting the first time. Follow the instructions on the registration application form.
Voter Information cards are mailed confirming new registrations, voter updates or changes in polling sites. While this mailer provides valuable information, it is not required that you produce it on Election Day to vote.
If you have been convicted of a felony you may not register to vote until your voting rights are restored. You may research your status and apply for Restoration of Civil Rights through the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.
Phone: 1-800-435-8286 or 850-488-2952
Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a partisan primary, you must be registered with that particular party affiliation (Chapter 101.021, Florida Statutes). All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on issues and non-partisan races.
The exception to the party affiliation requirement occurs when all the candidates in a contest are of the same party affiliation. In this case there is a Universal Primary and all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in this contest.
When registering to vote, if you do not designate a party affiliation on your application, you will be registered with no party affiliation. The deadline for changing your party affiliation is 29 days before any primary and it must be done on a Florida Voter Registration Application.
Since your residence address is used to determine the correct ballot for you in any given election, it is vital that you keep your voter registration record up to date. While some updates may be made by phone, we recommend changes be made using a Florida Voter Registration Application form that can be found online or at any public library. If you prefer, call us at (407) 836-2070 and we’ll assist you in updating your record.
You decide which method best suits your busy schedule: Absentee Voting, Early Voting or at the Polls on Election Day.1. Absentee Voting: If you are unable to go to an early voting site or to the polling place on Election Day you may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Your request for an absentee ballot must be received in the Elections Office no later than the sixth day prior to the election.
The absentee ballot packet will include instructions on how to mark your ballot, how to complete the required absentee voter certificate, and how to properly return your ballot to the elections office. The deadline to return Voted absentee ballots to the Elections Office is no later than 7:00 p.m. election night for it to be counted.
Request an absentee ballot today:
By phone – Call (407) 836-2070
By internet – Request an absentee ballot online
By Fax or Mail – send your name, residential address, mailing address (if any), date of birth, signature, and election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot to (407) 254-6598 or P.O. Box 562001, Orlando, FL 32856-2001.
By Designee – Beginning five days prior to an election, you may designate in writing someone to pick up your absentee ballot from the elections office. Your written request must include the information outlined above. The designee must show photo identification and may pick up ballots for no more than two non-family members.
Your absentee ballot will not count if the signature on the absentee return envelope does not match the signature on file. Signatures often change due to age, injury or illness. Update your signature by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application form.
Track Your Absentee Ballot
Want to know if we received your voted absentee ballot? Click here to track the status of your ballot.
2. Early Voting: If you prefer to cast your ballot in person prior to Election Day, check your Sample Ballot or visit our website to find an early voting location that is convenient for you. Early voting begins 15 days prior to an election. Pay special attention to the dates and hours of operation. Please bring photo and signature identification.
3. Voting At The Polls On Election Day: The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. On Election Day you are required to vote in the polling place location assigned to the precinct where you live. You are also required to bring both photo and signature identification with you.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include:
- Florida driver’s license
- Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- United States passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association identification
- Public assistance identification
A voter will be issued a provisional ballot in special circumstances, such as the voter’s eligibility to vote cannot be determined at that time or the voter does not have the required picture and signature identification. Provisional ballots are not counted at the polls; they are sealed inside a certificate envelope and submitted to the canvassing board after the polls close. The canvassing board will review the information provided on the certificate envelope and determine whether the envelope may be opened and the ballot counted. Those vote totals are included in the election results.
Prior to each election you will be sent an Official Sample Ballot that will include the name of your polling facility, the address, basic driving directions and a map. To lessen your time in the voting booth, you can pre-mark your sample ballot and use it as a guide when you mark your official ballot.
If you need assistance in reading or marking your ballot, you may bring someone with you or poll workers are available. Spanish language assistance and ADA compliant voting equipment are available at all Early Voting locations and at the polls on Election Day.
Orange County uses digital scan voting equipment. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant voting devices are available for voters with special needs. You must alert the poll worker when checking-in if you wish to vote using the ADA compliant touchscreen voting device. Touchscreen equipment has the ability to enlarge font sizes and to read the ballot aloud, if needed.
Make your selection(s) by completely filling in the oval to the left of your selection with the black pen provided. When voting for Write-In Candidates, fill in the oval next to the words “Write-In” and print the candidate’s name on the line.
IMPORTANT: Always review your ballot before placing it in the tabulator or the return envelope, if voting by absentee ballot. Once your ballot is accepted in to the tabulator, or mailed in the case of absentees, the law says you have voted and cannot be issued another ballot in that Election. Florida law allows you up to three attempts to mark your ballot correctly. Ask for a replacement ballot if you make a mistake when marking your ballot.
If you would like to work at the polls on Election Day, contact our office. For more details on being a pollworker click here.
The Adopt-A-Precinct program is a community partnership that has been very successful in Orange County. Our office developed this program to give community groups a new way to serve while raising funds for their worthy causes. Visit our website for more information if your organization is interested in adopting a precinct for a future election.
In Orange County our goal is to provide our community the opportunity to learn about the election process, voter registration and a voter’s rights and responsibilities. We provide a variety of education programs for our community. For more information or to request a presentation or voter registration services for an event, please call our office and ask for the Outreach Department.