For Immediate Release
Friday, July 27, 2018
Contact: Sarah Revell
Secretary Detzner Reminds Voters of July 30 Voter Registration Deadline for Florida’s Primary Election
~Extended hours for the Voter Assistance Hotline available leading up to deadline~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Secretary of State Ken Detzner reminds voters that the deadline for registering to vote in Florida’s Primary Election is this Monday, July 30.
“Voters only have a few days left to register to vote or update their party affiliation to be in effect for the Primary Election. I encourage all eligible voters to check their voter registration status and make sure that their information is up-to-date,” said Secretary Detzner. “In order to ensure we are providing any needed assistance to Florida voters, the Department is extending the hours of operation of the Voter Assistance Hotline leading up to the registration deadline.”
The Voter Assistance Hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29 and from 8 a.m. to midnight EDT on Monday, July 30. Voters who have questions about how to register or who need assistance using the online voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov can contact the Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-866-308-6739 or OVRsupport@dos.myflorida.com.
Florida residents can check their current registration status, register to vote or update their existing registration through the Department’s online voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. Users will need their Florida driver license or Florida identification card and the last four digits of their social security number. In order to verify a user’s identity, the information typed into the online voter registration website must exactly match the information that appears on their most recent Florida driver license or state identification card.
Florida residents also have the option to use the website to complete, print and sign a paper application that can be mailed or hand-delivered to their local Supervisor of Elections. To find your local Supervisor of Elections, please click here.
The deadline to update a voter’s signature, which may be needed to verify a voter’s provisional or vote-by-mail ballot cast during the Primary Election, is no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots which in some counties may start as early as August 13. For more information, please contact your local Supervisor of Elections.
Florida is a closed primary state which means that only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for their respective party candidates for an office in a primary election. However, all qualified voters regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation can vote in the following races appearing on a primary election ballot:
- All candidates in the same race who have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election;
- Nonpartisan judicial and school board offices;
- Nonpartisan special districts and other local offices; and
- Local referendum questions.
For more information, please visit the Division of Elections’ website at dos.myflorida.com/elections.
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About the Division of Elections
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections supports the Secretary of State, Florida’s chief election officer, in ensuring that Florida has fair and accurate elections. The Division’s three bureaus: Bureau of Election Records, Bureau of Voter Registration Services, and Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, have several responsibilities in the areas of legal compliance and elections administration to ensure that Florida’s election laws are uniformly interpreted and implemented. The Division also assists local Supervisors of Elections in their duties, and promotes enhanced public awareness and participation in the electoral process. For more information about Florida’s elections, visit dos.myflorida.com/elections.