Now more than ever this November it's important to vote in order to be seen and to be heard. Every vote does matter.
Voting affects all aspects of your daily life as you become responsible for the next president, mayor, governor, senator, county commissioner, county judge, and more.
Generations before you fought for the privilege and right to be heard and their votes counted. Take the time to understand the influence your vote has for your community and take action.
Click here to find a local polling location near you.
WAYS TO VOTE:
1. Vote by Mail
Voting by mail allows you to vote safely from home instead of going to a polling place in person. Mail in ballots, also known as absentee ballots, are sent to you by your local election official’s office. Depending on your state’s rules, you may need to request your ballot, or a ballot may be automatically sent to you. Click here for information on your state’s resources.
2. Vote Early In-Person
Most states have early voting, which enables you to cast your ballot at a polling location on specified dates before Election Day (that’s as early as September 18th).
3. Vote In-Person on Election Day
Many people may still prefer to vote at the polls on November 3rd. If you are planning to vote in person, make sure you allow as much time as possible at the polls, double check your polling place location (click here to find your polling place location), and don’t forget to pack a snack, mask and hand sanitizer. Your voice counts, whichever way you choose to vote.
Do I need to show identification to vote?
Many states require some form of identifcation either when you register and/or when you vote. This may include a Driver’s License, State ID, U.S. Passport, Tribal, Military or Student ID. The rules vary state by state, so make sure to check your state’s requirements.
When is Election Day?
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Is vote by mail more susceptible to voter fraud?
There are many rumors that vote by mail will lead to voter fraud, but it happens very rarely. In fact, it’s more likely for an American to get struck by lightning!
Do I have to vote for everything on the ballot?
No, you don’t have to answer everything on the ballot.
I’m a student. Can I register to vote at my school address?
Yes, if you have changed your address or name, you must re-register. Do I have to re-register if I’m currently social distancing somewhere I don’t usually live? You have to update your voter registration when you move to a new permanent residence. If you are temporarily in a different location because you’re social distancing somewhere other than your permanent residence, request to vote absentee in the state where you are registered.
Do I need to pick a party when I register to vote?
No, you do not have to pick a political party to register to vote.
What if I go to the polls and they tell me I am not registered to vote?
First, make sure you are at the right polling place. If you are at the wrong polling place, they will not have your name on the list of voters. If you are at the correct location and are not on the list, you can still cast a ballot. Ask the poll worker for a provisional ballot. After the polls close on Election Day the state will check on the status of your voter registration and if there was a mistake made. The state must notify you as to whether your ballot was counted.
Can someone register to vote if they don’t have a permanent address?
Yes, an eligible voter who lacks permanent housing or is experiencing homelessness can still register to vote using the address where they sleep as their place of residence on their registration application. This includes a temporary location, shelter, cross streets or landmark.
We encourage you to educate yourself on your candidates and suggest checking out unbiased platforms like ballotready.org and ballotpedia.org to learn about all candidates. Check out the U.S. Vote Foundation for more information on eligible elections, voting requirements, and more.
It’s likely the voting registration deadline has passed for your state. Please view here for information on your local state’s key dates and deadlines. If you missed voter’s registration period we encourage you to keep having conversations, work within your community’s voting resources, and pledge to vote in the next election.
Key Florida Voting Dates:
- October 5th - Last day to register to vote
- October 24th - Deadline to request a Vote By Mail ballot
- October 24th - Early voting opens in select poll locations
- November 3rd - Election day
Search other state's key dates and deadlines: WhenWeAllVote.org/Deadlines
Check your registration status or register yourself to vote: