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 last day you can register to vote is 29 days before the election you want to vote in. That means the last day you can register to vote for the Aug. 28 primary election is July 30, 2018.
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 MailBallot@VotePinellas.com
- Calling 727-464-VOTE (8683)
Here are some important things to remember when voting by mail:
- If you haven’t updated your signature in the last three years or if you know your signature has changed, update your signature by filling out a new voter registration form, signing it and sending it to the SOE office.
- Your signature on record with the Supervisor of Elections does not automatically update each time you sign and turn in your Vote By Mail ballot. The signature used for comparison is the one you signed when you first registered to vote or last updated your registration.
- 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
- You should request your ballot before 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election.
- You can pick up your ballot from the SOE offices up until the day before Election Day.
- Your ballot must be returned to one of the three SOE offices no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- You cannot drop off a mail ballot at a voting precinct; it will not be accepted.
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
Early voting for the 2018 Primary Election will take place between Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 26.
Early voting 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.