Voting in the 2022 Midterm Elections in Florida

Voting in the midterm elections is fast approaching. Florida Jolt is providing this information to ensure all of our readers have the opportunity to exercise the franchise. Here are some things you need to know:

The deadline to register to vote in Florida is Tuesday, October 11th, 2022. You can register to vote online here. You can check the status of your current voter registration here.

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Early Voting start dates vary from county to county. Florida law requires that Early Voting must start at least on the 10th day before the election and end on the 3rd day before the election. In addition, supervisors of elections have the option to offer more early voting on the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, or 2nd day before an election. To check your county’s start date for Early Voting, visit this page for a list of county supervisors of elections to view the available dates, times and locations.

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to you is no later than 5:00 pm on the 10th day before the election (October 29th, 2022). A supervisor of elections must mail the ballot out within 2 business days after a request. The last day for a supervisor to be able to mail out a ballot is 8 days before the election.

If you miss the vote-by-mail ballot deadline, go to your supervisor of elections office, and they will print a ballot on demand so you can vote your ballot and deposit it into a ballot collection box at the supervisor’s office.

If you received a vote-by-mail ballot and decide you prefer to vote in-person, bring your vote-by-mail ballot to the polling location with you, the clerk will void the ballot and allow you to vote in person. Be sure to bring your I.D. with you when voting in person. To see acceptable forms of I.D., click here.

Early Voting locations will have vote-by-mail collection boxes. By law, you can only deposit your own vote-by-mail ballot or your immediate family’s ballot. Mass collections of vote-by-mail ballots to deposit is illegal.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th, 2022.

Counties Impacted by Hurricane Ian

The deadline to register to vote has not changed. Supervisors in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Hardee Counties have stated they have already sent out vote-by-mail ballots. The ballot may be undeliverable because the home no longer exists or is uninhabitable. The ballot will be returned to the supervisor’s office in this case. Contact your supervisor of elections office to have the ballot sent to a different address.

If you prefer to vote in-person, your polling location will probably not be the same. The counties hardest hit have lost many polling locations, and supervisors are looking at options for alternate polling locations, such as large voting centers. Governor DeSantis may, through Executive Order, extend voting deadlines to accommodate those hardest hit by Hurricane Ian. Contact your supervisor of elections office to get information on how your county is administering your election.

We at Florida Jolt pray for our neighbors on the West Coast of Florida. We hope everyone can participate and does their civic duty by voting in the 2022 midterm elections. See you at the polls!

Additional stories you may want to read:

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