The first step in voting in any election is registering. If you live in Orlando, Florida, you'll register to vote in Orange County, and the county makes it an easy process. You'll need to fill out a Florida voter application form at any of several authorized locations. That's all there is to it.
Requirements to Register
- You must be a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- If you have been convicted of a felony or the courts have declared you mentally incompetent, you must have your civil rights restored.
Where to Register
You can register at the driver's license office, public libraries or any Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. You can also find the voter application form online or can call the supervisor of elections office and ask for the form to be mailed to you. You must answer every question on the application form.
- You must be registered to vote at least 29 days before the election that you wish to vote in.
- Your county polling place, which is your precinct, is listed on your voter information card, which you will get in the regular mail.
How to Vote
You can vote in Florida three ways: by mail, in early voting before election day and on election day.
If you want to vote by mail, request a mail-in ballot from the elections office no later than the sixth day before an election. Instructions are included with the ballot, which must be in the hands of the elections office no later than 7 pm on election night.
Early voting begins 15 days before an election. Check the elections office website for a list of locations and the times they are open and choose the one most convenient for you.
On election day, you must vote in your precinct, as indicated on your voter information card. The polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm.
What You Need to Vote
If you are voting at an early voting location or on election day in your precinct, you must bring photo and signature identification. The following are acceptable forms of ID:
- Florida driver’s license
- Florida ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- U.S. passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military ID
- Student ID
- Retirement center ID
- Neighborhood Association ID
- Public assistance ID
- Florida license for a concealed weapon or firearm
- Employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Florida, a county or municipality
- Veteran health ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
Voting in Primaries
Florida is a closed primary state, meaning you cannot choose which party's primary you want to vote in at the polls on election day. You can indicate party affiliation when you register, and then you are able to vote in that party's primary election. If you do not indicate party preference at the time of registration, you can only vote for nonpartisan candidates and issues in a primary election. You can add or change your party affiliation on a registration form up to 29 days before an election.
You'll get a new voter information card for any changes you make on your registration.