Below you will find many answers to your questions about registering to vote, absentee voting, requirements, your rights as a Florida Voter and other important information whether you are a registered voter, will be or are a young person learning more about our system of government.
Q: Who can register to vote?
A: You must be at least 16 years of age to pre-register. You will then receive your Voter Information Card on your 18th Birthday. Anyone 18 years of age or older, a citizen and a permanent resident of Florida can register to vote. In addition, you must not be a convicted felon unless your civil rights have been restored, and you must not have been judged mentally incapacitated, unless competency has been restored.
Q: Who cannot register to vote?
A: Anyone who does not meet the requirements for registration Anyone declared mentally incompetent; Anyone convicted of a felony who has not had his/her civil rights restored; Any non-US citizen residing in the United States.
Q: How do I register to vote?
A: Registering to vote is a right. It is available to all persons that meet the requirements. In Broward County there are many agencies where you can register or get registration forms. If you need more information regarding the closest agency, or to obtain a form by mail, contact our office any weekday between 8 AM and 5 PM, at (954) 357-7050.
You may also register to vote anytime you are applying for or renewing:
- A Florida Driver License
- A Broward County Public Library Card
- Benefits at State public assistance agencies
- Services at agencies that provide services to disabled persons.
- Armed Forces Recruiting Offices.
You may also download a form on-line at www.browardsoe.org , complete it, sign it and mail it, following instructions.
After your Voter Registration Application has been verified, you will receive a Voter Information Card listing the following important information: Precinct Number and Polling Place location with address, Voter Registration Number—which you will keep as long as you remain in Broward County, and the District numbers of your representatives in Congress, FL State Senate, FL State House, County Commission, School Board and your municipality if appropriate.
Q. What happens if I move?
A: If you moved within Broward County, you may complete and mail the form on the back of your Voter Information Card, or call the SOE office at 954-357-7050, or go online at www.browardsoe.org . If you move outside of Broward County, or outside of Florida be sure you complete a new voter registration application.
Q: What are the Voter Registration Deadlines (Book Closings)?
A: Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election, to vote in that election.
Q: Where do I vote?
A: To find your precinct: go to www.browardsoe.org and click on the “Where do I Vote” icon. You will type in your ZIP CODE and click enter.
Q. Are there other ways to vote?
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO VOTE:
- ABSENTEE BALLOTS (Vote by Mail) may be obtained for any reason on-line or by calling the Supervisor of Elections office, 954-357-7055. The ballot can be mailed to the address of your choosing, but cannot be forwarded by the Post Office. IN ORDER FOR YOUR BALLOT TO BE COUNTED, IT MUST BE COMPLETED, SIGNED AND RECEIVED BY THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE NO LATER THAN 7:00 PM ON ELECTION DAY.
- EARLY VOTING will be available at many different sites around the County before election day. Any registered voter may vote at any location by showing a Photo ID with signature.
- ON ELECTION DAY, you must vote at your assigned polling place, based on where you currently live. Photo ID with signature is required; if not presented, voter may vote a provisional bllot.