The deadline is coming.
Voters in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties must register by Monday to vote in the Aug. 30 primary election.
Florida has a closed primary system, so voters must vote for candidates of the party they belong to unless only one party has candidates on the ballot. For example, registered Democrats can only vote for Democratic candidates.
If voters wish to make changes to their registration such as switching party affiliation, they must also do so by Monday.
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One of Florida’s U.S. Senate seats is up for grabs, as incumbent Marco Rubio and Carlos Beruff will face off in the Republican primary while Rep. Patrick Murphy, Rep. Alan Grayson and Pam Keith, among others, will compete in the Democratic primary.
There are two notable South Florida primary races in the U.S. House. Ousted Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz takes on Tim Canova in District 23, which includes parts of Broward and coastal Miami-Dade, while former Rep. Joe Garcia faces off against Annette Taddeo in District 26, which includes southwest Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys.
Early voting will take place August 20-28 in Broward County and August 15-28 in Miami-Dade County. August 24 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot in both counties.