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Strict voter ID law approved in Michigan House
12/08/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Michigan’s Republican-led House on Wednesday night approved a strict voter identification proposal over strenuous objections from Democrats who argued the plan could disenfranchise properly registered voters.

Michigan voters without photo identification could still cast a provisional ballot under the controversial legislation, but they would have to bring an ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election in order for their vote to count. ...

The measure now heads to the Senate with just four full days left in the so-called lame-duck session.

Trump and Pence: this Pew report proves our voter fraud claims. Actual report: nope.
12/07/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The report isn’t even about voter fraud; it’s about the technical aspects of voter registration systems, and how America could save money by upgrading how it registers voters. ...

There have been multiple investigations into voter fraud. None of them have found serious evidence of anything close to millions of people voting illegally.

One analysis focused just on voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Tracking credible allegations of this type of fraud, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt found 35 total credible allegations between 2000 and 2014 [out of a total of 1 billion ballots cast]. ...

A 2012 investigation by the News21 journalism project looked at all kinds of voter fraud, including voter impersonation, people voting twice, vote buying, absentee fraud, and voter intimidation. It confirmed that voter impersonation was extremely rare, with just 10 credible cases. ...

Putting all of this together, the evidence is clear: Voter fraud is extremely rare. It doesn’t add up to the millions in one election, as Trump claimed. In fact, it doesn’t even add up to the thousands in a single election. So Trump really lost the popular vote fair and square.

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: Due to Hurricane Matthew the deadline has been extended to October 18, 2016 at 5 PM, postmarked.

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Election Day:

The polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016, and shall be kept open until 7:00 p.m. Any voter who is in line at the time of the official closing of the polls shall be allowed to cast a vote in the election.

Florida does have Early Voting, which is described in detail below. 

How to Find Your Polling Place:

Use https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines:

Following a recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the voter registration deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, postmarked. Florida does not have Same Day Registration.

How to Check Your Registration: Use https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility:

A person may become a registered voter only if that person:

  1. Is at least 18 years of age;
  2. Is a citizen of the United States;
  3. Is a legal resident of the State of Florida;
  4. Is a legal resident of the county in which that person seeks to be registered; and
  5. Registers pursuant to the Florida Election Code.

How to Register:

Florida voters can apply to register to vote in any of the following ways: 

In Person

  • Request or pick-up a Florida Voter Registration Application from their county Supervisor of Elections. Complete, sign and mail the application to the office of their County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Apply through any Florida driver’s license office or tax collector’s office that issues driver’s licenses or Florida identification cards. 
  • Apply through any “voter registration agency.” These agencies include:
    • Any office that provides public assistance (e.g., Department of Children and Families’ Food Assistance Program and the Temporary Cash Assistance Program and Department of Health’s WIC Program);
    • Any office that primarily serves persons with disabilities (e.g., Department of Education’s Division of Blind Services and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, any center for independent living, any office within an educational institute that serves persons with disabilities);
    • Any military recruitment office (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Marines); or
    • Any public library.

By Mail

  • Fill in the online Voter Registration Application (English PDF / Español PDF) on the Division of Elections’ website. Print, sign, and mail the application to the office of your County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Obtain a Florida Voter Registration Application form from any entity authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue permits for fishing, hunting or trapping. Complete, sign, and mail the application to your county Supervisor of Elections.

Online

Florida does not have online voter registration.

For more information:  http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

If You Want to Vote Early

Registered voters may go in person to an early voting site and vote ahead of Election Day. Early voting begins on the 10th day before a state or federal election, ends on the 3rd day before the election, and must be provided for no less than 8 hours and no more than 12 hours per day at each site. Check the voter’s Supervisor of Elections website for the early voting locations and hours in their county—note that these may change for each election.

 Voters who want to vote early should present the following at the early voting site:

  • a valid photo identification; and
  • a signature identification.

Voters can vote at any early voting site within the county when the site is open.

If You Want to Vote Absentee aka By Mail

As of July 1, 2016, the term “Absentee Ballot” has changed to “Vote-by-Mail Ballot.”

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot may be made in one of the following ways:

  • Online application on your county Supervisors of Elections’ website;
  • In writing (e.g., by email, fax, mail) to the county Supervisor of Elections;
  • In person at Supervisor of Elections; or
  • By telephone call to Supervisor of Elections.

If you are making the request, the following information is required:

  • The name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested;
  • The voter’s address;
  • The voter’s date of birth; and
  • The voter’s signature (if the request is written).

If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for you, the following additional information must be provided:

  • The requestor’s address;
  • The requestor’s driver’s license number (if available);
  • The requestor’s relationship to the voter; and
  • The requestor’s signature (if the request is written).

The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election (request received). Otherwise, a vote-by-mail ballot can be picked-up until and including on Election Day.

Instructions for completing the vote-by-mail ballot are included with the ballot. The voted ballot must be returned and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Other return options are available for Military and Overseas Voters.

For more information visit http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote a regular ballot, the Florida clerk or inspector requires each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

  • Florida driver license;
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles;
  • United States passport;
  • Debit or credit card;
  • Military identification;
  • Student identification;
  • Retirement center identification;
  • Neighborhood association identification;
  • Public assistance identification;
  • Public assistance identification;
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

Note: If the picture identification does not contain the signature of the voter, an additional identification that provides the voter’s signature shall be required.

If the voter fails to furnish the required identification, the voter shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. 

VoteRiders has created Florida voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

The voter may cast a regular ballot at his or her NEW polling place after completing an address change verification form. This may be done at the NEW polling place.

Moving Between Counties

If the voter’s NEW county uses an electronic poll book, or if the voter is an active uniformed services voter (or member of a servicemember’s family), the voter may cast a regular ballot at his or her NEW polling place after completing an address change verification at the NEW polling place. In all other circumstances, the voter must vote a provisional ballot at the correct precinct in their NEW county.  A voter should NOT be directed to the polling place for their previous residence address. 

Registering and Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Military or overseas voters may register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot at the same time by using a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). (https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf). Military or overseas voters may obtain the FPCA from any Voting Assistance Officer or from the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. (https://www.fvap.gov/)

Military or overseas voters may also call or request by mail, fax, or email to their county Supervisor of Elections that a voter registration application or a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to them. Unless the Military or overseas voter designates otherwise, his or her request for vote-by-mail ballot is valid for all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election.

Supervisors of Elections must mail vote-by-mail ballots to military and overseas citizens no later than 45 days before each election. Military or overseas voters may track their vote-by-mail ballot request and ballot online by using either the Division of Elections’ Check your Voter Status webpage (http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus) or through their County Supervisor of Elections website. (http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/)

Vote-by-mail ballots cast by uniformed and overseas voters during a general election must be postmarked or dated no later than Election Day and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 10 days after Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you are an absent stateside or overseas uniformed services personnel or spouse or dependent absent because of the uniformed services personnel or an overseas U.S. citizen, you can use the emergency back-up ballot known as the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  It can be used to vote in any election for federal office and any state or local election. FWAB ballots and directions can be found at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf.

A person who was convicted of a felony cannot register or vote in Florida unless he or she has had his or her right to vote restored. The voter may check to see if their civil rights have been restored on the website of the Office of Executive Clemency: https://fpcweb.fpc.state.fl.us/.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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