En español | Florida’s Aug. 23 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for the U.S. House and Senate, governor, the state House and Senate, and other state and local offices.
In 2021, Florida passed a new election law limiting drop box availability and introducing new ID requirements. In late-March 2022, a judge ruled that certain aspects of the law are unconstitutional. The state appealed the decision, and the new law has been temporarily reinstated, pending the outcome of the case.
In mid-May 2022, a state judge ruled that a redistricting map passed by the state legislature is unconstitutional. The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed. Check back for updates.
The deadline to register for the primaries is July 25. You can check if you’re registered through the Florida voter information portal.
It does in a partisan primary election in Florida. Only voters who are registered with a party may vote in that party’s primary. Independent voters can only vote for nonpartisan candidates in judicial and school board elections or in races in which all candidates have the same party affiliation and won’t face any opposition in November’s general election. July 25 is the deadline to register, switch parties or update your voter information for the Aug. 23 primary.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot for the August primaries and November’s general election. You’ll need to submit a new request each year. Vote-by-mail requests must be received by Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. to vote in the primaries.
You can request a vote-by-mail ballot online, by mail, by email, by phone, by fax or in person. When making your request, you’ll need to include your full name, address date of birth, plus a copy of a valid form of ID like a driver’s license or state-issued ID card — or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
You can designate an immediate family member, such as a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling, to request a ballot on your behalf. They’ll need to supply the necessary personal information listed above as well as their own address, signature, relationship to you and a copy of a valid state-issued ID or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
You can also have a designee pick up your ballot no earlier than Aug. 14 if they complete a separate affidavit, though each designee is limited to picking up just two ballots other than their own and their immediate family members’ per election.
If an emergency prevents you from going to the polls on Election Day, you can sign an emergency affidavit and pick up a mail-in ballot on the day of the election.
Election officials must receive completed ballots by Election Day at 7 p.m. Ballots can be returned by mail or in person.
Use the state’s vote-by-mail information portal to track the status of your mail-in ballot.
Yes. Early voting varies by county, but all counties must let voters cast ballots early and in person from Aug. 13 through Aug. 20. Check with your county supervisor of elections for times and locations closer to Election Day.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Yes — you’ll need to bring a valid form of ID like a state-issued driver’s license or a U.S. passport, whether you’re voting on Election Day or at an early voting location.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on May 16 with more information about ongoing court cases. The guide was first published on July 20, 2020.
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