Florida Voter ID Laws

Local Assistance

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Key Dates

General Election: November 6, 2012
Action Date
Early voting days for November General Election October 27, 2012 – November 3, 2012
Requests to mail absentee ballots must be received by supervisors 5PM October 31, 2012

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Full Transcript

Intro and agenda:

Hello I’m Daphne O’Neal and you are watching the Voter-ID.com update for the state of Florida. This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote. We’ll cover the latest and pending changes, what forms of ID are acceptable, who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote and where you can get additional assistance.

Latest and Pending Changes

In Florida, an agreement was reached on September 13th to settle a series of disputes over Florida voting laws. As a result, thousands voters who had previously been told they could not vote will soon receive letters telling them they are now eligible. As it stands, only 207 Floridians have been purged from voter rolls.

Voter registration is way down in Florida due to harsh restrictions that halted registration drives for most of the year. The laws have been struck down, but that leaves little time to register new voters ahead of the October 9th voter registration deadline. If you want to fight back against voter suppression in Florida we strongly suggest you get involved in voter registration efforts to help undo the harm caused to the Florida election.

Voter Registration

In Florida, you are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, and at least 18 years old. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, or if a court has ever found you to be mentally incapacitated as to your right to vote, your right to vote must be restored before you can register.

To register to vote, you must fill out a voter registration application. Which is most easily available via a link in the Green section at the bottom of this webpage.

Once completed, mail or deliver the form to a Supervisor of Elections’ office, the Division of Elections, or any voter registration agency listed on the form.

If you think you are already registered to vote, it’s a good idea to confirm your registration and your current address using the Check Voter Status link in the Green section.

Identification Requirements for registration

All new applicants are asked to provide a Florida driver’s license number or a Florida identification card number. If you have not been issued either of those you may use the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you cannot provide any of those numbers and you are registering by mail you must provide one of the following “Special ID” requirements:

SPECIAL ID (for those without a Florida Driver’s license, Florida ID card or SSN)

A copy of an ID that shows your name and photo.
Acceptable documents are: a U.S. Passport, debit or credit card, military ID, Student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, or public assistance ID; or

A copy of an ID that shows your name and current residence address.
Acceptable documents are: utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

You do not have to provide the special ID to register if you are 65 or older, have a temporary or permanent physical disability, or are a Military or Overseas Voter.

If you are required to provide Special ID, it is best to send it along with your application form.

Required Identification to Vote

In order to vote at the polls during early voting or on Election Day, you must show a photo AND signature identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you will be required to show an additional form of identification that provides your signature. For example: your student photo ID and your debit card.

Once your identity has been established, you will be asked to sign the precinct register, electronic device or the early voting ballot certificate and then you will be allowed to vote.

When to Vote:

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2012. Polls in Florida will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Any voter who is standing in line at 7 p.m. is still eligible to cast a vote.

You may also vote early in person or via mail-in ballot.

One of the most confusing things for voters in Florida is that the dates and hours for in-person early voting vary by county. If you want to take advantage in-person early voting, you will need to check with your County Supervisor of Elections for dates hours and locations for early voting. In the Green section below, we have provided a link to a map of Florida counties that will get you to the website for your local Supervisor of Elections. Once there, you will have to hunt for “early voting” information which in some instances can seem deliberately hidden.

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot. This can be done most easily online from the voter status link below. You may also contact the office of your county Supervisor of Elections in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by other written request. You do not need to give any reason to vote absentee. Your name, address and date of birth are required. If the request is in writing, the request must be signed by the requester.

In order to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the request must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before an election. You can get an absentee ballot in person up to and including Election Day.

Your absentee ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Be sure that your signature on your voter registration record is current because if your signature on record doesn’t match the signature on the absentee ballot certificate, your ballot will not be counted.

If you have not used your absentee ballot, you may choose instead to vote in person at the polls. It is best to bring your absentee ballot with you so it can be voided.

Take advantage of the free access system which is an online feature that allows you to track online the status of your absentee ballot. Go to your county Supervisor of Elections’ website or you can access that information indirectly through Voter Information Lookup.

Additional assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below, Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.

Closing

We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information. Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here. Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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Our democracy works best when everyone participates in the process so make sure you vote and encourage others to vote as well. If you found this site helpful please share it with others using any of the sharing methods provided below. Thank you.
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