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Your Top Ten Voting Questions Answered
The time for voting is upon us! We want to help you turn your voice into action. Florida's midterm primary elections will be held on August 28 (less than three months away 😮) and the General Election will be held on November 6. In order to prepare, we've compiled a list of questions you might have while navigating the voting process.
Please take note of this information and share this website with your friends and family. If you have any questions, please call your local county Supervisor of Elections - just search on Google "YOUR COUNTY Supervisor of Elections" and the number should come right up.
1. Am I registered?
Well, you better get the ball rollin’ if you aren’t, because the deadline to register is creeping up on us. If you plan on voting in the primary elections, July 30 is the last day to register. And good news, you can now register online. So, if you think you might have possibly registered to vote on campus or at the park or wherever that one day when you were running late, you should probably check your voter status here
just to make sure! Remember, Florida participates in closed primary elections, meaning that you can only vote if you are registered member of a party.
2. How do I register?
If you begin to panic and actually did forget to register, no sweat! Follow this link
to get the job done, and you will be good to go. You will need your Florida ID and social security number, so make sure to have those on hand. You can also update your party affiliation with the online voter registration portal.
3. Who exactly am I voting for?
The 2018 General Election is a big one! On the ballot this year will be candidates for U.S. Senator, Governor, the entire Cabinet, half of the Florida Senate, and every district in the Florida House of Representatives -- not to mention the numerous state and local ballot questions. If you’re interested, here’s a get-to-know-you feature
on the top dogs in the high-profile Gubernatorial election. Get to know your candidates before you enter the voting booth.
4. What are ballot questions?
Before you go vote, you may want to research the candidates and ballot questions so you aren’t going in blind. For those who might not know, ballot measures are proposed amendments to the constitution that are either introduced by the legislature or put on the ballot through the ballot-initiative process. These proposed amendments are put forth for voters to either reject or approve. To get ahead of the curve, check out the list of ballot measures for this upcoming 2018 election here.
5. What about the environment?
Your MTV Crib on the shores of Miami Beach may be your favorite place in the world, but if sea levels continue to rise as they are, your party pad may be underwater sooner than you think. If Miami goes underwater, just ask yourself: What Would Pitbull Do? I don’t think we’d be going out on a limb to say he’d try to curb his carbon emissions by switching to an electric car from one that burns gasolina. (Ok, enough!) Climate-related issues will affect Floridians significantly, even if you live far from the coast. You should research candidates who accept climate science as fact and advocate for coastal resiliency and clean energy. These qualities will benefit our beloved state and the people who live here, including and especially Pitbull.
6. How do I vote?
You can vote in one of three ways: by mail, early voting or on Election Day. If you want to flaunt your effort of “staying woke” by sporting an “I voted” sticker, then you should vote early or on Election Day to prove to your friends that you know what is up. But, if you want some time to go over all of the candidates and issues, then vote-by-mail might be right for you. Click here for instructions on how to vote by mail
in the state of Florida. Just remember, the deadline for domestic voters to send in their vote-by-mail ballot is between 25 and 28 days before an election, and 45 days for service members and civilian voters overseas. So, don't procrastinate!
7. Where do I vote?
You can find your polling place here.
While on this site, you can also check your status and see upcoming election dates. As we get closer to the primary election, we will help you out with finding an Early Voting and polling location near you.
8. What do I need to bring?
I know you are excited to vote, especially if it is your first time; however, selfies are prohibited in all voting locations. Twitter will have to do without the “first time voting!” pic. But what you do need to bring is a picture ID that also has your signature on it as well. It would be easiest to bring your license, but if you can’t find it, a passport or a student ID with a signature that matches your voter file will work as well. Here is a full list of the type of identification you can provide.
9. When can I go vote?
All counties now offer Early Voting, which begins a mandatory of eight days before the election. (Some counties offer it even earlier!) Times and locations vary by county, so make sure to check with your county's Supervisor of Elections or check back with us as we get closer to get the best information. On Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and remember, if you are in line before 7pm, even if the line is out the door and around the block, they have to let you vote! Stay in line!
10. What are some important dates to remember?
Vote-By-Mail "Send" Deadline
Primary Election: July 14, 2018
General Election: September 22, 2018
Primary Election: July 24 – 31, 2018
General Election: October 2 – 9, 2018
Deadline to Register
Primary Election: July 30, 2018
General Election: October 9, 2018
Primary Election: August 28, 2018
General Election: November 6, 2018
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