Deadline to apply to vote in Florida is Saturday; early voting begins across the country on the same day

All voters have until Saturday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. to ask their election office to submit a mail-in ballot for the November 8 election.

Early voting also begins across the country that day.

“Our democracy is strongest when every eligible voter can vote freely and fairly,” said Amy Keith, program director of Common Cause Florida. “We know we all plan to vote, but sometimes life happens and we don’t get to the polls before they close. Postal voting ensures that no matter what happens in our lives on election day, we can still make our voice heard.”

All Florida voters can check their voter registration status here and find their local election office to request a vote-by-mail.

“Voting by post is an increasingly popular way to cast a ballot because it is safe, secure and accessible to voters of all parties and backgrounds. As in 2020, we will continue to meet across race and place to make our voice heard through postal voting,” said Keith.

To make sure your vote is counted, make sure your vote-by-mail ballot is received by your county elections office by 7:00 p.m. on November 8, Election Day. Common Cause Florida recommends mailing a signed ballot as soon as possible or dropping off a signed ballot at a secure ballot drop-off station available at county election offices and early voting sites during business hours. Once you return your ballot, you can track it using the online trackers provided by most Florida counties.

Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, vote-by-mail participation nationwide increased in 2020, with nearly 70% of voters casting a ballot by mail or before Election Day. In 2016, only 40% of voters cast a ballot by mail or before the election. Nationally in 2020, those who chose to vote by mail or before Election Day tended to be older, college-educated, and identified as Asian-American.

Information for voters for the 2022 general election

There are three different ways registered voters in Florida can vote: by mail, in person at early voting locations in their county, or in person at their assigned polling place on November 8, Election Day.

Voters who have questions about the voting process or encounter problems can contact the nonpartisan Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Those who choose to vote by mail must:

  • Apply for a mail-in ballot through your county election inspector.
  • Sign the back of the ballot envelope.
  • Make sure the ballot is received by their county election office by 7pm on Tuesday 8th November (postmark date is not enough)

In the event of a problem with a voter’s signature on their postal ballot, the voter has until Thursday, November 10 at 5 p.m. to hand in the paperwork to correct the signature.
Note: Common Cause Florida recommends mailing ballots at least 10 days in advance or dropping off signed ballots at secure ballot drop-off stations available at county election offices and early voting locations during business hours. Voters can verify that their ballots have been mailed through the online trackers provided by most county supervisor elections offices.

People can also vote early in person on the regional early election website.

  • Statewide early voting is between Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, November 5, although some counties have early voting from October 24 to November 6. Voters can look up early voting locations, dates and times through their county elections office. here.
  • Voters can use any early voting site in their county to vote in person or to drop off their mail-in ballots at secure ballot pick-up stations.
  • Voters must present a valid photo/signature ID to vote in person in Florida during early voting or on Election Day. There are 12 acceptable forms of ID, a list of which is available here.

Those wishing to vote in person on Tuesday, November 8, Election Day, must:

  • Bring valid photo/signature ID (not expired).
  • Vote in the correct precinct for their current residence. Voters can search for their precincts here.
  • Get to the polls at voting time. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • Every voter in line to vote at 7pm must be able to vote.

Voters in Charlotte, Lee and Sarasota counties can find information about post-Hurricane Ian voting changes here. Common Cause Florida has also prepared a frequently asked questions document to support voters affected by Hurricane Ian. All voters who were displaced by Hurricane Ian are strongly encouraged to call their Office of Elections to determine their voting options and secure a vote count.

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