Do I have to be a resident of the state to register?
Do I have to register prior to each election?
Florida has closed primary elections. What does that mean?
How and when will I receive my absentee ballot?
How can I change my party affiliation?
How do I become a Florida resident?
How do I find out if my civil rights have been restored?
How do I register to vote?
How do I request an absentee ballot?
How do I return my absentee ballot?
How much does it cost to register to vote?
How will I know that I am a registered voter in Seminole County?
I have been convicted of a felony but have served my time. Can I register to vote?
I have been convicted of speeding and DUI. Are these felonies?
I live in two different states. Is it okay for me to register here?
My children are going to leave Seminole County to attend college. Where should they register to vote?
Voter Information Card
What are the major political parties in the state of Florida?
What are the office hours?
What are the recognized minor political parties in the state of Florida?
What do I do if I am a registered voter in Seminole County and need to make a change on my registration records?
What do I need to take to my polling place on election day?
What does nonpartisan mean?
What forms do I need to register to vote?
What information must I provide to request an absentee ballot?
When can I request a mail ballot?
When must I register to vote?
Where will I vote on election day?
Who can vote by mail?
What preparations are in place for the November, 2016 election?
No. Because your elected representatives are determined by your residence address, you must use the address where you live. It is not permissible to register using a business address, a former address or at a piece of property that you simply own. You must register where you live.
Yes. For voter registration purposes, you qualify to register by living in the county with a street or rural address. Post Office Box addresses do not qualify. We must know where you live so you are placed in the proper precinct for election day.
No. Once you become a registered voter in Seminole County, your name will remain on our records until such time as we receive notification that you have moved from this county or that you have lost your civil rights.
This means that primary elections are party nomination elections where the parties decide who their candidate will be in the General Election. If you are a registered Democrat, you will be issued a Democratic ballot in the primary elections; if you are a registered Republican, you will be issued a Republican ballot in the primary elections; if you are registered under any other party affiliation, in the primary elections you will be permitted to vote only for non-partisan candidates and issues, with one exception. A constitutional amendment was approved by the voters in 1998 which provides that “If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary elections for that office.”
Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 28 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots cannot be forwarded.
While this question sounds complicated, its really very simple. If you live in Florida and you intend for this to be your legal residence, you are a Florida resident.
You can contact the Office of Executive Clemency at:
Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee Florida 32399-2450
Web site: https://www.fcor.state.fl.us/restoration.shtml
A Florida Voter Registration Application form should be offered to you at any of Florida’s mandated sites:
- Offices Providing Public Assistance such as WIC
- Offices Serving Persons with Disabilities
- Centers for Independent Living
- Public Libraries
- Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Driver License Offices
- United States Armed Forces Recruiting Offices
- Any Supervisor of Elections Office
You may also request that a registration application be mailed to you by calling us at 407-585-VOTE or you may print a registration application online here.
A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, online, or by telephone. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter’s spouse. Click here to request absentee ballot.
There is no fee. Registering to vote is a privilege afforded to citizens of the United States by the Constitution of the United States.
After your Florida Voter Registration Application has been accepted and approved as being complete, a voter information card will be issued and mailed to you. The card designates your precinct number, and the district numbers for your member of Congress in Washington, your State Senator, and your State Representative. Also shown are the district numbers for your County Commissioner and School Board Member. You must be registered, and vote, in the precinct in which you live on election day.
Yes, if your civil rights have been restored.
You can contact the Clerk of Court for the county where you were convicted for an answer to this question.
Yes, but you can’t be registered in two places at one time. You must decide in which state you want to be registered.
Students may maintain their voter registration at their Seminole County residence address or they may elect to register to vote in the jurisdiction where the school is located. Those who choose to maintain their registration in Seminole County should remember to contact our office to request absentee ballots in an election year.
You may request a replacement card by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application form, or by submitting a signed, written request to our office.
Democratic and Republican.
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Several minor parties are listed with the Division of Elections.
You will be required to present a current and valid photo identification that contains your signature. The identification may be any of the following: Florida Driver’s License – Florida ID Card – U.S. Passport – Debit/Credit Card – Military ID – Student ID – Retirement Center ID – Neighborhood Association ID – Public Assistance ID.
Nonpartisan means that you are not affiliated with any political party (major or minor).
You must complete a Florida Voter Registration Application. Identification requirements are outlined on the application. No other forms are required.
A request from the voter must include the following:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
- The voter’s address
- The voter’s date of birth
- The voter’s signature (written request only)
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request an absentee ballot for him or herself, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
- The requester’s name
- The requester’s address
- The requester’s driver’s license number, if available
- The requester’s relationship to the voter
- The requester’s signature (written request only)
A mail ballot may be requested at any time and is effective for all elections for which the voter is eligible through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. A mail ballot request can also be made for a specific election. To receive a mail ballot by mail for a specific election, you must make the request no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday prior to that election. Click here to request a mail ballot.
Florida Statutes require that you be registered 29 days prior to the election in which you wish to participate. This is also known as the book closing date. However applications are accepted at any time. Click here for registration application.
If you are a qualified Seminole County voter, you are entitled to vote a mail ballot.
Did You Know: In the 2014 General Election, Seminole County had more early voting centers per square mile than any other county in the southeastern United States! In 2016, we will have eight early voting centers, at which we will bring on 156 residents to serve as pollworkers for the early voting period which is from October 24 through November 6. For the November 8, 2016 General Election Day, the polling places will be staffed by 684 Seminole County voters whom we bring on board as pollworkers. According to information from the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and our data, that would make the Supervisor of Elections office larger than the 10th largest private employer in Seminole County for one day. However, our time as a large employer will be short, as right after the election we keep just six additional temp workers for a couple of weeks to complement our normal 16 full-time staff level, which has been the same since 1992.
Did You Know: Even with the continuous advancements in the process, making everyone’s voting experience a more pleasurable one (like the roll-out of our automated voter check-in process we call VotePass, and increased early voting options), Seminole County’s elections office has consistently had the lowest cost-per-voter of any elections office in the region. One reason we can keep the spending so low is we allocate one inexpensive paper-based voting machine and one ADA unit per polling location or early voting center.
Did You Know: Thick paper registers which forced voters to check into their precinct by lining up based on their last name, then watching as pollworkers flipped through the book to look up their names, while also seeing the information about their neighbor’s records have become a thing of the past in Seminole County. Our new VotePass system uses iPads to quickly, efficiently and safely check in any voter in a secure, private fashion. Bonus: the implementation of VotePass will decrease the need for at least 70 percent of provisional ballots in this and future election.
*of course, all numbers are subject to change as we get closer to the election