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Voting Rights

Voting is your right and responsibility as a citizen. If you vote, you can help to select the national, state and local officials who make laws, design programs, and decide how tax dollars are spent. If you do not vote, you are letting other people decide these issues for you, and then you have to live with their decisions. Every opinion counts. Your vote matters!

In order to vote in Florida:

  • You must be a resident of Florida
  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • You must be registered to vote

In order to register to vote, you must fill out, sign and submit a voter registration application (English or Spanish). The application should be submitted to the office of your local Supervisor of Elections. You may also register in person at any driver’s license office, or any voter registration agency, such as a Center for Independent Living or a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation office.

In order to vote in an upcoming election, you must be registered no later than 29 days before the election. Your registration date is the date that your application is postmarked or hand delivered to the office of any voter registration agency.

If you have a mental disability, a judge can take away your right to vote if he or she finds that you are incapacitated. The judge must specifically write in the order that you cannot vote. If you have been convicted of a felony, you may not vote unless your right to vote has been restored. Remember, only a court may remove your right to vote (English or Spanish), not an election official, caregiver or family member. For more information on rights restoration for persons convicted of a felony, visit the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

Florida voters have a choice about how to cast their ballots. They may vote in person on Election Day, vote before Election Day at an early voting site, or vote by absentee ballot. To cast an absentee ballot, you must submit an absentee ballot request (English or Spanish). For your absentee ballot to count, it must be received by the Supervisor of Elections prior to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Florida law sets forth the rights and responsibilities (English or Spanish) of Florida voters. One important responsibility is to become informed about the issues and candidates. The Advocacy Center has developed Voluntary Guidelines for Accessible Political Campaigns (English or Spanish) to assist candidates with getting their message out to voters with disabilities. Our Voter Guide (English or Spanish) addresses many voting related topics.