ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Florida voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming August primary. You can request your ballot today and it will be mailed sometime between July 9–16. You can request your mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections website online at https://www.votepinellas.com/VoteByMail, or by calling (727) 464-VOTE (8683).
Deadline to request a ballot to be mailed: August 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Florida Voter Resources
Florida Voter Registration
You can register to vote in the state of Florida if you are a U.S. citizen with Florida residency 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.
The passage of Amendment 4 paved the way for former felons who had completed their sentences—also known as "returning citizens"—to have their right to register to vote restored. If you were convicted of a felony (with the exception of a felony sex crime or murder), you have served your full sentence and you have paid all court fees, fines and restitution, you are eligible to have your voting rights restored. Still have questions? Read our blog post about the latest on Amendment 4.
The last day you can register to vote is 29 days before the election you want to vote in.
If you need to update your voter registration information, you can do so at any time by submitting an application with the new information. However, Florida is a closed primary state, so 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 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.
You can use this online tool on provided by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections to look up the following information:
- Your precinct
- 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
You’ll need to have your last name, date of birth and the house number of your address before you can look up your voter information.
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 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.
You can request to have a sample ballot emailed to you by filling out this form.
Florida law allows any registered voter to use mail ballots. Mail ballots were formerly referred to as “absentee ballots,” but that term is no longer in use in Florida law.
You can request a mail ballot 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
When requesting a vote-by-mail ballot you must provide: your full name, your current residence address, your current mailing address (if different than your residence), and your date of birth.
Here are some important things to remember when voting by mail:
- YOU MUST SIGN THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT ENVELOPE. This is the number one reason why vote-by-mail ballots are rejected in Pinellas County.
- 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.
- If you aren’t sure what your signature on file looks like or if you know your signature has changed, update your signature by filling out a voter registration form, signing it and sending it to the SOE office.
- Your signature on file does not automatically update each time you vote in-person or sign and turn in your vote-by-mail ballot. If you registered to vote online, your Florida driver license or Florida ID signature is used. If you registered or updated your voter record with a paper form, the signature on the most recent paper form is used.
- Providing your phone number and/or email address on the ballot envelope is optional, but we recommend that you provide this information so that the SOE can contact you quickly if there is a problem.
- You cannot drop your completed vote-by-mail ballot off at your polling place on Election Day.
- You can still vote in person even if you have a vote-by-mail ballot. You will just need to hand in the vote-by-mail ballot at your polling place on Election Day, and you’ll be given an in-person ballot.
- The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. You should request it much earlier, though.
- You can pick up your vote-by-mail ballot from the SOE offices any time once the ballot becomes available.
Your ballot must be returned to the SOE no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
You can mail it, drop it off in person, or ask someone else to drop it off for you. If you are mailing it, we recommend sending it at least 10 days in advance.
If you or someone else is dropping it off, you can bring it to one of the three SOE offices up until 7 p.m. on Election Day (501 1st Ave N in St Petersburg / 315 Court St in Clearwater / 13001 Starkey Road in Largo).
You can vote ahead of Election Day by going to one of the three Supervisor of Elections offices:
- 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 Supervisor of Elections has not yet released information about early voting for the August 18th, 2020 Primary election.
When early voting is held, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Florida law requires voters present a valid photo and signature ID at their polling place. (Here’s a list of acceptable forms of identification.) If you do not have a valid ID, you’ll be given a provisional ballot to fill out, which will be evaluated later for eligibility by a canvassing board.
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. You can get more information about this at the Supervisor of Elections website.