It's Election Day. Here is how and where to vote in South Florida
The 2022 general election — the all-important midterms — takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Almost 5 million people have already cast their ballot across Florida, taking advantage of the early voting period and vote-by-mail.
Now that early voting has ended, here is everything you need to know to make a plan to vote on Election Day or to use your vote-by-mail ballot.
Read on for county-by-county information on how and where to vote, as well as how to look up which candidates and what questions are on your ballot and how to cure your vote-by-mail ballot if it has been rejected.
First, here is some general information:
Your ballot and who can vote in the Florida midterms
To cast a ballot in the general election 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 general election has passed.
Each county’s official election website can provide voters with a sample ballot detailing all the races and questions they will be voting on. Check here for Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot was Saturday, Oct. 29.
Your completed ballot must reach your county's elections department no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. If you have one, you can send it via USPS or drop it off in person — during business hours — to your county's appropriate elections office. Check here for election department locations and hours for Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach.
Voters who wait until Election Day to submit their vote-by-mail ballot cannot drop it off at their precinct — it will need to be dropped off at their county's elections department offices. Check for those details in the links above or go county-by-county below.
If you received a vote-by-mail ballot, but would rather cast your ballot on Election Day, you can do that, but you must bring your mail-in ballot with you to your assigned voting precinct. Elections officials have to cancel that ballot so you can vote in person.
There are some restrictions to keep in mind if you will be dropping off mail-in ballots at any point. According to Florida law, a person may only bring two signed and sealed vote-by-mail ballots besides their own, except for immediate family members - this means a person’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the person or the person’s spouse.
If you mailed your ballot or dropped it off at a polling place during early voting, you can track the status of your ballot online by visiting your county's supervisor of elections website. Check to see the status of your mail-in ballot in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach.
Voting in person on Election Day
For those who are voting in person and have not cast their ballot by the end of early voting, polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m on Election Day, Nov. 8. 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.
We have specific information for your county below, but you can find your precinct here. All voters must bring appropriate identification to the polls - we have details below or check here for more information.
What you'll need to vote at your polling place on Election Day:
- A current and valid photo identification with a signature. Approved forms of photo ID include Florida driver's license; a Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; U.S. passport; debit or credit card; military identification; student identification.
- If the photo identification does not have a signature, you must provide additional identification with your signature.
- A voter information card is not an acceptable form of ID. Your card is a good source of information about your voter registration including your assigned precinct and polling location for Election Day.
You can find detailed information for Election Day voting for your county below:
On Election Day, voters in Broward County must visit their assigned polling station within their precinct, which you can find here. You can check your sample ballot and other voting information at the County Supervisor of Elections here.
Check here for other details, including how to return your vote-by-mail ballot.
Voters can view a customized sample ballot along with other information including polling locations here. On Election Day, voters must go to a poll within their precinct. For more information, Miami-Dade County’s voter information guide is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Check here for details on vote-by-mail ballots, including how to return and track your ballot.
On Election Day, voters must visit a poll within their precinct, which you can find here. You can view a customized sample ballot and other voting information here. Sample ballots, in English and Spanish, at the County Supervisor of Elections can be found here.
Check here for details on your mail-in ballot, including how to return it.
Palm Beach County
Voters in Palm Beach County can find their sample ballot and voting locations here. On Election Day, voters must visit a poll within their precinct. That information can be found at the County Supervisor of Elections here.
Check here for details on vote-by-mail ballots, including how to return your ballot.
For voters who only need to drop off their vote-by-mail ballots, use the Main Office, which will be open Monday Nov. 7 and Tuesday Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Main Office 240 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415