How to Vote in Florida's 2022 Elections

Posted on 09/19/22 by Andrew Soergel

En español | Florida’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. House and Senate, governor, state House and Senate, and other state and local offices. The state's primaries were Aug. 23.

Early Voting Begins In Florida

  • Voting by mail: All registered voters can request a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot and vote from home in November’s general election.
  • Early in-person voting: You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to a secure drop-box location or vote early and in person. Counties must open early voting by Oct. 29.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In 2021, Florida passed a new election law limiting drop box availability and introducing new ID requirements. In 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.

A new redistricting plan may impact which local candidates appear on your ballot. Florida gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives due to population growth in the 2020 census.

  • Governor: Rep. Charlie Crist (D); Incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)
  • Attorney general: Aramis Ayala (D); Incumbent Ashley Moody (R)
  • U.S. Senate: Rep. Val Demings (D); Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R)
  • U.S. House: all 28 seats; Florida gained a seat in the House, as determined by population growth in the 2020 census.
  • State Senate: all 40 seats
  • State House: all 120 seats 

  • Online: Use the state’s voter registration portal to register, check your registration status or change your party affiliation. You’ll need a Florida driver’s license or state-issued ID card; the issued date of your license or ID; and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Otherwise you’ll need to print out and sign your registration form and mail it or take it to your county supervisor of elections.
  • In person: Go to your county supervisor of elections office to pick up, drop off or fill out a registration form. Forms are also available at public libraries and offices authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to issue fishing, hunting or trapping permits.

The deadline to register is Oct. 11. You can check if you’re registered through the Florida voter information portal

Any registered voter can request a no-excuse vote-by-mail ballot for November’s general election. You’ll need to submit a new request each year. Vote-by-mail requests must be received by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.

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 and 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 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.

  • By mail: Follow the instructions included with your voting materials. Leave at least a week for your ballot to make it through the mail.
  • In person: Take your ballot to a secure drop box at your county supervisor of elections office or at an early voting location. Counties may open drop boxes as early as Oct. 24.

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 Oct. 29 through Nov. 5. Check with your county supervisor of elections for times and locations closer to Election Day.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. 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.

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 Sept. 19 with more information about voting in the 2022 elections. The guide was first published on July 20, 2020.

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