HOW TO VOTE
CHECK YOUR VOTER STATUS
If you don’t know whether you’re registered to vote, or not sure where you have to go to vote, then click this link to check your voter registration status! The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before that election.
WHERE TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
- YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE HERE
- YOU CAN CHECK YOUR ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS HERE
- YOU CAN CONTACT THE LOCAL SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS HERE
Important to note, the deadline to register for any upcoming election is 29 days before that specific election. You can update your registration record at any time by using this link. Note that Florida is a closed primary election-state and a party change for a primary election must be made by the registration deadline for that upcoming election. If the deadline has passed, you can still apply at any time and it will be processed for future elections.
HOW AND WHERE TO VOTE?
If you do not want to go to an early voting site or to the polling place on Election Day, you may request a Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot. The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office must receive your request for a vote-by-mail ballot no later than 5 p.m. ten days before the election. The vote-by-mail ballot packet will include instructions on how to mark your ballot, how to complete the required voter’s certificate, and how to properly return your ballot to the elections office. The deadline to return Voted ballots to the Elections Office is no later than 7:00 p.m. election night for it to be counted.
Request a Vote-by-Mail ballot in Orange County today:
- By Phone – Call 407-836-2070
- By Internet – Make your request online
- By Fax – Learn more here.
- By Mail – Learn more here.
- By Designee – Starting nine days before an election you can designate, in writing, someone to pick up your vote-by-mail ballot from our office. Your vote-by-mail ballot can then be picked up at our office up to the day before the election. Your written request must include the information listed above. The designee must show photo identification and may pick up ballots for no more than two non-family members. Click here to learn more.
DURING EARLY VOTING
Early voting is another great option, especially if you prefer to cast your ballot in person before Election Day. In Florida, early voting begins 10 – 15 days before an election. Locations, dates, and hours of operation vary per county. Click here to learn more about Early Voting in Orange County. Remember, you can drop off your Vote By Mail ballot at Early Vote locations in Orange County, and at the Supervisor of Election’s Office. Please bring photo and signature identification too!
ON ELECTION DAY
On Election Day you are required to vote in the polling place location assigned to the precinct where you live. You are also required to bring both photo and signature identification with you. You can view a list of acceptable forms of identification here.
If you need help in reading or marking your ballot, you may bring someone with you, or poll workers are available to assist. Language assistance and ADA-compliant voting equipment are available at all polling places.
Amendment 4, as passed by Florida voters on November 8, 2018, restored the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. Amendment 4 does not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses; persons convicted of those crimes continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Clemency Board, composed of the governor and cabinet, vote to restore their voting rights through a case-by-case process.
Unfortunately some lawmakers and the Governor have continued to restrict the implementation of Amendment 4, and the issue continues to be challenged in the courts. Learn more about Amendment 4 here. Seek support from Florida Rights Restoration Coalition here.
POST OFFICE CONCERNS
There has been an increase in Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot requests and concerns around the US Post Office’s ability to mail ballots back to the Supervisor of Elections’ Office in time. We encourage you to request your VBM early, return it immediately, and consider dropping it off at the Supervisor of Elections Office directly or at an Early Voting location. Once you mail or drop off your ballot, you can also track it online via your County Supervisor of Elections Office. Remember, if you are unable to mail or drop off your VBM in time, you can also exchange your VBM ballot for a regular ballot on Election Day at your designated polling location.