Heading To The Polls? Don't Forget Your Picture ID And Double Check Your Assigned Location

Aug 30, 2016

Planning on voting today? Here is some useful information to make exercising your civic duty easy and painless. 

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters waiting in line by the time polls close will be allowed to vote, so do not leave if the clock strikes 7 p.m.  

Early voting is over, so in order to vote you have to go to your assigned poll station. If you are not sure of where it is, you can use this locator from the Florida Division of Elections. The registration period ended on Aug. 1, so only registered voters will be allowed to cast a ballot. 

If you can't remember the address you used to register to vote, you can still get your information by going to the individual county websites and looking by name and date of birth.  

Florida is one of 17 states that require a picture ID to vote. According to our electoral laws, some acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Florida driver's license
  • State ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • Military ID
  • Veteran Health ID
  • Student ID
  • Concealed-weapon license
  • Credit or debit cards with pictures

If the picture ID provided does not have a signature, the voter will be asked to produce a second  form of identification  with a signature. 

If you don't have a picture ID, you will still be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot that will be validated by comparing the signature on the ballot envelope with the signature on the voter's registration. 

If you recently registered to vote and find that your name is not in the registration book, do not leave. First, ask an elections poll worker if there is a supplemental registration list. Second, ask the election workers to call the Miami-Dade County Elections office and issue you a provisional ballot.

If you requested an absentee ballot and have not mailed it yet, you have until 7 p.m. tonight to deliver it to the  office of the election supervisor in your county. You cannot deliver an absentee ballot in your designated polling station, nor can you request one the day of election.