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Battleground states still fighting over voting laws, potential Election Day confusion
10/26/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 01:00

Two weeks from Election Day, a number of battleground states are still fighting over voting laws and whether voters have been adequately informed about an array of changing and sometimes complex rules.

An unprecedented number of states have put stricter election laws in place since the last presidential race. And in several cases, those laws were overturned by the courts or are still caught up in litigation, creating the potential for widespread confusion. In some states, such as North Carolina, the rules in place during the primary races have changed for the general election. ...

“People are still very confused about voter ID....These have been back and forth in courts for three years. People are very confused about what is in effect and what isn’t,” [said Denise Lieberman, a senior attorney with the Advancement Project].

Texas early voters see problems with photo ID, intimidation; Election Protection organizations call on Secretary of State to rectify problems with misinformation
10/26/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 18:30

Initial information suggests that much confusion remains about the recent changes in the Texas voter ID law. Reports indicate that polling locations in Bexar, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Hays, McLennan, and Travis Counties, at a minimum, are posting misleading or inaccurate information regarding the need for photo ID to vote. In one instance, a voter reported being turned away from the polls for lack of photo ID.  ...

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“Across Texas we are seeing local election officials undermine the weight of the 5th Circuit’s ruling striking down the state’s photo id law as discriminatory.  Instead of changing the rules, some counties across Texas continue to impose the strict photo id law and are posting signs that suggest to voters that the photo id law remains in effect.  This is simply unacceptable.  The court has spoken and local officials must immediately stop imposing a law that was found discriminatory.  We encourage voters to continue reporting violations to the Election Protection program via our 866-OUR-VOTE hotline.”

During early voting, the Election Protection coalition is encouraging voters to call the toll-free English language hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE. Additionally, Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA hotline and Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali speakers can use the 888-API-VOTE number.

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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.


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.


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.


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/.


Top Issues to Field

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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