Election Day for the Florida primary is today. Here is how and where to vote
Updated on Aug. 23
It's primary day in Florida. Over two million voters cast their ballots during early voting across the state. For those yet to vote, polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m today, Aug. 23. Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot; if you arrive at your precinct later than 7 p.m., you will not be able to vote.
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If you have a mail-in ballot, it is too late to return it via USPS. You can still drop it off in person, but at this stage you can only do so at a small number of designated drop boxes, which are usually at Supervisor of Elections office. Check the links below for locations, dates and times in your county.
Another restriction to be mindful of is the number of mail-in ballots you can drop off. According to Florida law, a person may only posses two signed and sealed vote-by-mail ballots besides their own, except for immediate family members.
Those with a vote-by-mail ballot still have the option to vote in person at their precinct if they prefer, but they should bring their ballot for it to be cancelled at the polling station.
Your ballot and who can vote in the Florida primary
Each county’s official election website can provide voters with a sample ballot detailing all the races and questions you will be voting on. Check here for Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
Those who are registered with a political party can vote for their respective party’s candidate for the Nov. 8 general election, for races such as those for U.S. and Florida Senate and House of Representatives seats.
All voters, including those registered as independents, can cast ballots in nonpartisan special districts, local referendum questions, nonpartisan races — such as judicial, county commission and school board positions — and those where all candidates are part of the same party.
To cast a ballot in the primary you have to be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident and at least 18 years old. You also have to be registered to vote in the state. The deadline to register for the primary election has passed, but you can still register for the general election on Nov. 8. The deadline for registration is Oct. 11.
We strongly encourage voters to do their own research, including on these pages and by listening to WLRN’s on-air election coverage. But to help you with your ballot, we have compiled endorsements from newspapers, unions and other voices in the South Florida community, here.
You can find detailed information for primary election day voting for your county below:
Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off into secure ballot intake stations on Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations:
- SOE Office at the Lauderhill Mall 1501 NW 40th Avenue, Lauderhill, FL, 33313
- Broward County Governmental Center 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room #102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Voters in Miami-Dade County can view a customized sample ballot along with other information including polling location here.
Sample ballots are available for the special elections in Golden Beach, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Gardens. Key Biscayne will hold a mayoral election, while Miami Gardens will also hold a general election.
The Supervisor of Elections website lists the election day precincts here.
Those with vote-by-mail ballots can drop them off into secure ballot intake stations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day at:
- Miami-Dade Elections Department 2700 NW 87 Ave., Miami, FL 33172
- Stephen P. Clark Center Voter Information Center 111 NW 1 St., Lobby, Miami, FL 33128
You can find your polling precinct here.
Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off drop boxes at Supervisor of Election offices until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- Main Office 530 Whitehead Street, #101Key West, FL 33040-6577
- Marathon Branch 100th Street Center, 10015 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
- Key Largo Branch Murray Nelson Center, 102050 Overseas Highway #137, Key Largo, FL 33037-2785
Palm Beach County
Secure ballot intake stations will be located at the four Supervisor of Elections offices. Ballots can be accepted at the main office between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.
- Main Office 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
At the satellite offices, the hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Election Day.
- North County Branch Office Northeast County Courthouse, 3188 P.G.A. Blvd., Rm. #2401, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
- South County Branch Office Southeast PBC Administrative Complex, 345 South Congress Avenue, Rm. #103, Delray Beach, FL 33445
- West County Branch Office West County Office Building, 2976 State Road #15, Second Floor, Belle Glade, FL 33430