How to Vote: All the Info You Need to Cast Your Ballot

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NOTE: the last day to register to vote before the November 6th election is october 9th!

Election Dates for 2020

Election Day

A Presidential Primary Election is held on the third Tuesday of March in a presidential election year. The Primary Election is held 11 weeks before the General Election for purposes of nominating party nominees to be voted for in the General Election to fill a national, state, county, or district office. A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The election dates for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 17

  • Primary Election: August 18

  • General Election: November 3

Deadline to Register (Book Closing)

Eligible individuals can register to vote at any time. The deadline to register in order to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 18*

  • Primary Election: July 20

  • General Election: October 5

*Federal holiday moves the deadline to the next business day 

Vote-by-Mail Ballot 'Send' Deadline

For vote-by-mail ballot requests on record, state law requires that the ballots be sent during specified timeframes.

For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service member and overseas civilian voters (also known as UOCAVA voters), Supervisors of Elections send the ballots no later than 45 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 1

  • Primary Election: July 4

  • General Election: September 19

For domestic voters, Supervisors of Elections send the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election. The send periods for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 6 – 13

  • Primary Election: July 9 - July 16

  • General Election: September 24 – October 1

Early Voting Period

By law, early voting must be held at least for 8 days. The mandatory early voting periods for 2020 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 7 – 14

  • Primary Election: August 8 – 15

  • General Election: October 24 – 31

Each county Supervisor of Elections may offer more days of early voting from one or more of the following days:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 15

  • Primary Election: August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 16

  • General Election: October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and November 1

Check with your county Supervisor of Elections for the additional days of early voting that may be offered in your county.

 There are three different ways to vote:

  1. Vote by Mail aka Absentee Voting. Request your Vote by Mail ballot at www.stampthevote.com today! Your ballot must be received by Election Day, Presidential Preference Primary March 17th, Primary August 18th and General November 3rd, and you may bring it to one of the St. Lucie Supervisor of Election locations if you forgot to mail it in. Also, DON’T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR BALLOT before you mail it!

  2. Early Voting. You may vote at ANY Early Vote location! Early Voting Locations:

    1. Orange Blossom Business Center, 4132 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce

    2. Zora Neale Hurston Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce

    3. Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St. Lucie

    4. Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Pl, Port St. Lucie

    5. Paula A. Lewis Library, 2950 SW Rosser Blvd, Port St. Lucie

  3. Election Day Voting. Polls are open 7AM - 7PM. Find your precinct here by clicking here. You may only vote at your assigned precinct on Election Day!

OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN GOING TO CAST YOUR VOTE:

  1. BRING YOUR I.D. WITH YOU TO VOTE. This is an important one. You may not vote without one of these forms of identification: Florida Driver’s License, Florida I.D. card,

  2. Take a look at your Sample Ballot before going to vote here. Check out or Constitutional Amendments & Candidates information here to get informed before going to the polls. You may bring in your sample ballot or another piece of paper with your choices to help you remember.

  3. You may request a Voter Registration Form and Ballot in Spanish!

Additional helpfuL Information & Resources:

  • Florida House of Representatives & Florida Senate

    Find out who represents you at the state level, track bills through the legislative process, and find out how your representatives voted on issues you care about.

  • The Children's Movement of Florida
    A non-partisan grassroots movement of Floridians whose goal is to increase investment in the first five years of all our children.

  • Health News Florida
    Florida ranks pretty low (often last) on a number of health indicators, and here you can find out why with the latest news surrounding health in Florida.

  • Florida Democratic Party
    Florida Democrats believe in an effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed. Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

  • Women's March on Washington
    The Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017 was a grassroots effort that pulled together one of the largest protest marches American history has ever seen.

  • The Obama Foundation
    Obama Foundation was established in January 2014 to carry on the great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress. In the near future, the Foundation will oversee the design and construction of the Obama Presidential Center to be designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and Interactive Design Architects in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago.