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US Election 2020

USA Election 2020: What documentation do I need to vote in Florida?

Florida is a key battleground state this 2020 election, here's all the information you need to make your vote count. What ID is valid to vote in Florda?

USA Election 2020: What documentation do I need to vote in Florida?
Giorgio VieraEFE

Already, one day before  official Election Day, almost 9 million Floridians have already voted. This  represents over 90% of the total ballots cast in 2016.

What documentation you need on voting day

  • You will be asked to show a valid photo ID with signature. Acceptable forms include:
  • Florida driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles;
  • US passport;
  • Military ID; student ID; retirement center ID; neighborhood association ID; public assistance ID; veteran health ID issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • An employee ID card issued by the federal government, the state of Florida, or any county or municipality.
  • If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.

If you are unable to provide ID, you should not be turned away from the poll. You will be able to vote a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if the signature on your ballot matches the signature on your voter registration record.

You have the right to request a provisional ballot if your voter eligibility is questioned on any other grounds.

Am I eligible to vote in Florida?

To be eligible to vote in Floriday you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America (a lawful permanent resident, commonly referred to as a "green card holder," does not have the right to register or vote in Florida);
  • Be a Florida resident;
  • Be at least 18 years old (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old);
  • Not be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony without your voting rights having been restored.

In-person voting in Florida 2020

Where do I vote? Your nearest polling place

The very helpful Florida State Department voter lookup tells you not only where your polling place is, but also allows you to check your voter registration status, and /or check on the status of your request for a vote-by-mail ballot.

Absentee voting in-person in Florida

If you’re absentee voting in-person, the deadline to request your ballot was Saturday, 31 October. The absentee voting return deadline is Election Day, Tuesday 3 November at 7pm EST meaning that the ballot needs to be received by the election office by this date, whether you cast your absentee ballot by mail or in perso

If voting in-person on Election Day, November 3, Polls are open from 7am until 7pm. Any voter who is standing in line at 7pm is still eligible to cast a vote.

What if I requested a mail-in ballot but I want to vote in-person?

You can do that. If you decide to go to the polls to vote but have a mail-in ballot at home, you need to bring the mail ballot (marked or not). The mail ballot will be cancelled and the voter can vote a regular ballot at the polls.

If you’re unsure of your status or have any other questions, contact your county Supervisor of Elections  or call the Division of Elections’ Voter Assistance Hotline at 1.866.308.6739.

Be safe when voting in-person; follow our covid-19 safety guidance for exercising your democratic right safely.


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