Planning to vote in Tuesday’s primary election? We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding voting in person and by mail.
Numerous races are on the ballot, ranging from the Republican and Democratic primaries for governor to local, nonpartisan school board, county commission and judicial races.
Turnout has been low, as it usually is in midterm primaries, so elections supervisors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties expect a relatively smooth day of voting.
Voters who didn’t vote early or by mail can cast a ballot in person Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ballots must be cast in voters’ assigned polling places. Voters waiting in line by the time polls close will be allowed to vote.
Not for this primary election. Registration closed July 28. It will reopen for the Nov. 4 general election, and close again Oct. 6.
Maybe. Broward redrew all of its precinct boundaries in 2013. Miami-Dade redrew boundaries for 6 percent of registered voters this year. Affected Miami-Dade voters should have received two notifications in the mail. A list of permanent Miami-Dade polling-place changes is available here. A list of temporary changes is available here.
Valid photo identification, such as a Florida driver’s license, a state identification card, a U.S. passport, a debit or credit card, military identification, student identification, retirement-center identification, neighborhood-association identification or public-assistance identification. Voters who provide identification without a signature will be asked to provide a second identification that does contain a signature.
Voters who do not provide acceptable identification at their precincts may cast a provisional ballot. It will count if the signature on the ballot envelope matches the signature on the voter’s registration application.
Miami-Dade voters can view customized ballots online by clicking here. A generic Miami-Dade sample ballot is available here. Broward voters can request to receive a customized ballot via email by clicking here.
The Miami Herald has compiled its elections coverage here. Most candidates also have their own campaign websites.
No. The deadline was Aug. 20.
No. Florida law changed last year and now prohibits elections departments from issuing absentee ballots at their headquarters on Election Day. The only exception is for voters who fill out affidavits affirming an emergency prevents them from going to their assigned polling place.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by elections supervisors in voters’ county of residence by 7 p.m. Tuesday. They may be dropped off in person at the following locations.
No. Florida law changed last year and no longer allows voters to drop off completed absentee ballots at Election Day polling places or early-voting locations. Voters who attempt to do so will be asked to surrender their ballots, which will be canceled, and cast in-person ballots instead.
Florida law now allows voters to “cure” unsigned absentee ballots by submitting affidavits affirming the ballots are theirs. Affidavits must be completed and submitted, along with valid ID, by 5 p.m Monday, the day before the election. Miami-Dade’s affidavit can be found here, with versions in Spanish and Creole available here. Broward’s can be found by visiting this website and clicking on the link titled, “Signature for unsigned absentee ballot certificate.”
As of Sunday night, 112,981 people had voted in Miami-Dade — 29,194 in early-voting sites and 83,787 via absentee ballots. In Broward, 59,424 people had voted — 19,277 during early voting and 40,147 absentee.
There are 1,286,905 registered voters in Miami-Dade, and 1,058,603 in Broward.
Statewide results will be available here, where visitors will have the ability to create custom results by categories, including particular races or counties. Those results will not be available until after 8 p.m. Eastern time, after polls close in the Florida Panhandle, which has a different time zone than the rest of the state.
Counties also post results online, after polls close at 7 p.m. Miami-Dade’s results link isn’t live yet. Broward will post results here.