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Federal and State laws allows 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.
- 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 you’ve been convicted of a felony or declared mentally incompetent by the court, you must have your civil rights restored)
When completing the registration application take special care to follow the directions and answer all required questions. Voter registration is available year-round, but there is a deadline prior to each election. 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.
Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a partisan primary, you must be registered with that particular party affiliation. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on issues and non-partisan candidates.
You can change your party affiliation by completing a voter registration application. The deadline for changing party affiliation is 29 days prior to the election.
Once registered, keep your address up-to-date. 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. Requirements vary depending on whether you move within Orange County or elsewhere within the State. We recommend changes be made on a Florida Voter Registration Application form that can be found online at www.ocfelections.com or at any public library. If you prefer, call us at (407) 836-2070 and we’ll assist you in updating your record.
It’s equally important to keep your record updated with name changes or when your signature changes due to age, illness or injury. These updates should be made using a voter registration application.
You will receive a Voter Information mailer that contains your precinct and district information. If you don’t receive this information or other correspondence from the elections office within 10 days of registering, call the Elections Office. While this mailer provides valuable information, it is not required that you produce it on Election Day to vote.
You decide which method best suits your busy schedule: Absentee, Early or at the Polls.1. Absentee Voting: If you are not able to go to the polling place on election day or to an early voting site, you may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. The deadline to receive your request is no later than 5 p.m. the sixth day prior to the election.
By phone – Call (407) 836-2070 and a Customer Service Representative will take your request.
Email – Send your name, address, date of birth, and election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online – Submit an Online Voter Registration Request.
By Fax or Mail – Send your name, address, 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 items required above. The designee must show photo identification and may pick up ballots for no more than two non-family members.
Signature on Ballot: An absentee ballot will be considered illegal and will NOT be counted if the signature on the Voter’s Certificate does not match the signature on record. The signature on file at the start of the canvass of the absentee ballots is the signature that will be used to verify your signature on the Voter’s Certificate. If you need to update your signature for this election, send your signature update on a voter registration application to our office so that it is received prior to 7 a.m. the 15th day prior to election day.
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 day for it to be counted.
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. Early voting begins 10 days prior to an election. Pay special attention to the dates and hours of operation. Please bring some type of 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. You are required to bring both photo and signature identification with you. Acceptable types of ID include a Florida Driver’s License or Identification Card and Public Assistance Identification. For other forms of identification call our office at 407-836-2070.
You must vote in the precinct where you live on Election Day. Prior to Election Day 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 real 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.
How To Vote A Ballot
Orange County uses digital scan voting equipment. To mark your choice, complete the oval to the left of your selection using the special pens provided in the voting booth. Once you’re finished, you’ll insert the ballot into the tabulator. If the tabulator cannot read your ballot, it will return the ballot to you and a poll worker will offer you a replacement ballot.
If you would like to work at the polls on Election Day, contact our office. You may earn from $150 - $250 per election. You must be a registered voter or pre-registered to vote in Orange County.