Florida’s primary election day is Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know to vote

08/25/2014 1:05 PM

08/25/2014 1:06 PM

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.

When can I vote?

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.

Can I still register 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.

How do I find my polling place?

Polling places are listed on voter information cards issued upon registration. Voters can also check online, here for Miami-Dade and here for Broward.

Has my polling place changed from 2012?

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.

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

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.

What if I forget my valid photo ID?

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.

What will my ballot look like?

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.

Where can I find more information about candidates and ballot questions?

The Miami Herald has compiled its elections coverage here. Most candidates also have their own campaign websites.

Can I still request to receive a mailed absentee ballot?

No. The deadline was Aug. 20.

Can I request an absentee ballot in person on Election Day?

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.

I already received an absentee ballot. Can I still turn it in?

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.

In Miami-Dade:

• Elections department headquarters, 2700 NW 87th Ave., Doral
• Elections department satellite office at County Hall (1st Floor), 111 NW 1st St., Miami

In Broward:

• Elections department headquarters, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 102, Fort Lauderdale
• Elections office behind Lauderhill mall, 1501 NW 40th Ave.

In the past I’ve turned in my absentee ballot at my precinct. Can I do that again?

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.

I forgot to sign the outside envelope of my absentee ballot. What do I do?

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.”

How many people have already voted?

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.

Where can I view election results?

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.

Miami Herald staff writer Amy Sherman contributed to this report.

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