Florida Voter Resources
Florida Voter Registration
You can register to vote in the state of Florida if you are a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident, and you are at least 18 years old. You can also pre-register if you are 16 or 17 years old, but you cannot vote until you are 18.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony are removed from the voting rolls in Florida. However, Florida voters passed the Voting Rights Restoration amendment to the Florida Constitution in 2018 (“Amendment 4”).
Under this amendment, anyone who has been convicted of a felony (except for murder or felony sex offenses) has their voting rights automatically restored once they have completed all terms of their sentence. “All terms of sentence” currently includes incarceration, parole, probation and any outstanding restitution, fines, or fees that were part of the sentence. This issue is currently under ongoing litigation and may change.
There may be pathways available for you to become eligible! Read our blog post about this issue. If you have questions about your eligibility or need help resolving fines and fees, you can contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition at 1-877-698-6830.
Note: If you have a felony conviction for murder or a felony sex offense, your voting rights can only be restored by the governor through the clemency process.
You can register to vote in the following ways:
- Online at registertovoteflorida.gov
- By mail using this printable voter registration form (a Spanish-language version is also available)
- In person at any of the voter registration agencies listed on your Supervisor of Elections website
Learn more in our Guide to Voter Registration in Florida.
The last day you can register to vote is 29 days before the election you want to vote in.
For the November 3, 2020 general election, this is October 5, 2020.
If you need to update your voter registration information, you can do so by submitting a Voter Registration Form with the new information.
If you moved within Florida and only need to change your address you can do that online, by mail or by calling your county Supervisor of Elections office. You can update your address any time, including (in most counties) on Election Day.
Florida is a closed primary state. If you want to change your party affiliation so you can vote in a party’s primary election, you need to make that change by the 29-day voter registration deadline. If the deadline has already passed, you can still submit an application with those changes at any time, and they’ll be applied for future elections.
If you need to update your signature, you can submit a completed paper Voter Registration Form with your updated signature to your Supervisor of Elections.
You can use this online tool provided by the Florida Department of State.
Pinellas County voters can use this online tool provided by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. With this tool, you will be able to see:
- Your precinct and where to vote on Election Day
- Your party affiliation
- Your status as a voter (i.e. your eligibility, whether you’ve requested to receive a mail ballot)
- All relevant deadlines for upcoming elections
- A sample ballot (once available)
You’ll need your first name, last name, and date of birth to look up your record.
Pinellas County Voting
You can enter your house number and street name in this search tool to look up your precinct information, which includes your Election Day polling place location. This tool will also display your sample ballot and a list of the elected officials and districts in your precinct.
Please be aware that the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by 7 p.m. you have a right to vote.
You can request to have a sample ballot emailed to you by filling out this form.
Florida law allows any registered voter to vote with a mail ballot (formerly referred to as “absentee ballots”). Detailed information about voting by mail is available on the Vote By Mail page of this website.
You can request a mail ballot at any time by doing one of the following:
- Filling out this online form
- Sending an email to MailBallotRequests@VotePinellas.com
- Calling 727-464-VOTE (8683)
- Mailing a written request to the Supervisor of Elections at 13001 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL 33773
- Going in person to one of the three Supervisor or Elections Offices
When you request your mail ballot, you must provide your full name, your residence address, the address where you want the ballot to be mailed (if different from your residence), and your date of birth. We recommend you also provide your phone number and/or email address.
If you want your mail ballot sent to an address that is different from the address(es) the Supervisor of Elections already has on file for you, then you must include your signature on your mail ballot request. You can send the signed request by mail or as an email attachment.
In 2020, mail ballots for domestic Pinellas County voters will start being mailed out on September 29 for the November general election.
Your ballot must arrive back at the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
You have three ways to get your mail ballot back to the Supervisor of Elections on time:
- MAIL IT: Your 2020 ballot will already have postage on it, so you just need to drop it in the U.S. Mail. We recommend mailing your ballot at least 3 weeks before Election Day.
- DROP IT OFF IN PERSON: Mail ballots can only be dropped off in secure ballot drop boxes at designated locations during specific times. On Election Day November 3, you can drop off your mail ballot at any one of the three Supervisor of Elections offices between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- ASK SOMEONE ELSE TO DROP IT OFF FOR YOU: You can ask a friend, family member or neighbor to drop your mail ballot off for you (as long as no payment or other compensation is exchanged).
Here are some important things to remember when voting by mail:
- You must ensure it gets there by 7 p.m. on Election Day - a postmark date is not enough. Late arrival is the number one reason mail ballots are rejected.
- YOU MUST SIGN THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR MAIL BALLOT ENVELOPE. Lack of signature is the number two reason why mail ballots are rejected.
- You can track your mail ballot online to see when it has been mailed to you and to ensure that it has been received back by the Supervisor of Elections.
- Ensure your address is up to date. Your ballot will not be forwarded to you if you’ve moved since the last time you’ve voted.
- The signature on your mail ballot will be compared to the signature that is on file for you. If needed, you can update your signature on file by filling out a voter registration form, signing it and sending it to the Supervisor of Elections (address is on back of form).
- The Supervisor of Elections is required to contact you if there is a problem with your signature. We recommend providing your phone number and/or email address on the ballot envelope so that they can contact you quickly if there is a problem.
- If there is a problem with you signature, you have until 5 p.m. on the Thursday after Election Day to fix it.
- If you don’t receive your mail ballot or if you make a mistake and need a new one, call the Supervisor of Elections office at 727-464-8683. Each voter has a right to receive up to two replacement ballots (but only the first ballot cast will be counted).
- If you bring your mail ballot to your regular polling place on Election Day, you will have to trade it in and vote on an in-person ballot instead.
- If you received a mail ballot (or if it never arrived), you still vote in person instead on Election Day or during Early Voting. You will just need to hand in the mail ballot at the polling place, they will cancel it, and you’ll be given an in-person ballot to vote instead.
Early voting for the 2020 general election will take place from October 19 through November 1. Early voting will be available daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five different locations:
- Supervisor of Elections Office: County Courthouse (map), 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater, 33756
- Supervisor of Elections Office: County Building (map), 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33701
- Supervisor of Elections Office: Election Service Center (map), 13001 Starkey Rd., Starkey Lakes Corporate Ctr, Largo, 33773
- The Centre of Palm Harbor: 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor 33701
- SPC Allstate Center: 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg
Pinellas County voters can go to any early voting location in Pinellas County, regardless of where in the county they live.
Early voting for the November 3, 2020 general election is available from October 19 - November 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Florida law requires voters to present valid photo and signature ID when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. Here’s a list of acceptable forms of identification. You can use two different forms of acceptable ID if needed: one for your photo and one for your signature.
The address on your ID does not need to match the address in your voter registration record. If the address doesn't match, you may be asked to provide additional information. If you are a registered Florida voter and you recently moved within Florida, you can update your address right there at the polls if needed (as long as you are in correct polling location for your new residence).
If you are not able to provide valid photo and signature ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot! The provisional ballot will be counted if you are eligible to vote, registered to vote at the precinct where you cast the ballot, and if your signature on the provisional ballot matches the signature that the Supervisor of Elections has on file for you.
Yes! All polling places meet current requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Provisions will also be made for voters with hearing or vision impairments.
Voters with disabilities may request assistance in marking their choices on the ballot from two poll workers, or from any other person of the voter's choice (except for an agent of the voter's employer or union). The voter may bring someone to the polling place with them to help them vote. The voter and the assisting individual will have to fill out a form.
You can get more information about this at the Supervisor of Elections website.
Yes. You can request an emergency mail ballot on Election Day. You can also designate someone else to pick it up for you. Be aware that this process can take a couple hours, so do it as early as possible on Election Day.
To do this:
- Fill out and sign this affidavit (English | Spanish) confirming you won’t be able to vote at your polling place on Election Day due to an emergency.
- If you want someone else to pick up your ballot for you, then you and the person you designate to pick it up must also fill out and sign this authorization form (English | Spanish). The person picking up the ballot will have to provide a valid photo ID when picking it up.
Being sick with COVID-19 is considered an emergency.