FAQ

Can I choose which address to use for registering?
Do I have to be a resident of the state to register?
Do I have to register prior to each election?
Florida has closed primary elections. What does that mean?
How and when will I receive my absentee ballot?
How can I change my party affiliation?
How do I become a Florida resident?
How do I find out if my civil rights have been restored?
How do I register to vote?
How do I request an absentee ballot?
How do I return my absentee ballot?
How much does it cost to register to vote?
How will I know that I am a registered voter in Seminole County?
I have been convicted of a felony but have served my time. Can I register to vote?
I have been convicted of speeding and DUI. Are these felonies?
I live in two different states. Is it okay for me to register here?
My children are going to leave Seminole County to attend college. Where should they register to vote?
Voter Information Card
What are the major political parties in the state of Florida?
What are the office hours?
What are the recognized minor political parties in the state of Florida?
What do I do if I am a registered voter in Seminole County and need to make a change on my registration records?
What do I need to take to my polling place on election day?
What does nonpartisan mean?
What forms do I need to register to vote?
What information must I provide to request an absentee ballot?
When can I request an absentee ballot?
When must I register to vote?
Where will I vote on election day?
Who can vote by absentee?

Q:Can I choose which address to use for registering?
A:No. Because your elected representatives are determined by your residence address, you must use the address where you live. It is not permissible to register using a business address, a former address or at a piece of property that you simply own. You must register where you live.

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Q:Do I have to be a resident of the state to register?
A:Yes. For voter registration purposes, you qualify to register by living in the county with a street or rural address. Post Office Box addresses do not qualify. We must know where you live so you are placed in the proper precinct for election day.

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Q:Do I have to register prior to each election?
A:No. Once you become a registered voter in Seminole County, your name will remain on our records until such time as we receive notification that you have moved from this county or that you have lost your civil rights.

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Q:Florida has closed primary elections. What does that mean?
A:This means that primary elections are party nomination elections where the parties decide who their candidate will be in the General Election. If you are a registered Democrat, you will be issued a Democratic ballot in the primary elections; if you are a registered Republican, you will be issued a Republican ballot in the primary elections; if you are registered under any other party affiliation, in the primary elections you will be permitted to vote only for non-partisan candidates and issues with one exception. A constitutional amendment was approved by the voters in 1998 which provides that "If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary elections for that office".

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Q:How and when will I receive my absentee ballot?
A:Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 28 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots cannot be forwarded.

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Q:How can I change my party affiliation?
A:You may change your party affiliation by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application (preferred) or submitting a signed, written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number.
It is important for you to know that a change to your party affiliation must be done 29 days before the primary election (book closing date). Requests for party affiliation changes which are received after the book closing date for the primary election cannot be changed until after the primary election.

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Q:How do I become a Florida resident?
A:While this question sounds complicated, it’s really very simple. If you live in Florida and you intend for this to be your legal residence, you are a Florida resident.

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Q:How do I find out if my civil rights have been restored?
A:You can contact the Office of Executive Clemency at:

Office of Executive Clemency
2601 Blairstone Road Building C
Room 229
Tallahassee Florida 32399-2450

(850) 488-2952
Web site: https://fpc.state.fl.us/Clemency.htm

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Q:How do I register to vote?
A:A Florida Voter Registration Application form should be offered to you at any of Florida's mandated sites:

  • Offices Providing Public Assistance such as WIC
  • Offices Serving Persons with Disabilities
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • Public Libraries
  • Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Driver License Offices
  • United States Armed Forces Recruiting Offices
  • Any Supervisor of Elections Office

You may also request that a registration application be mailed to you by calling us at 407-585-VOTE or you may request a registration application online.

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Q:How do I request an absentee ballot?
A:A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, online, or by telephone. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter's spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter's spouse. Click here to request absentee ballot.

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Q:How do I return my absentee ballot?
A:Absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections by mail or delivery by the voter or another individual.
Voted absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election day at the office of the Supervisor of Elections.
A VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE

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Q:How much does it cost to register to vote?
A:There is no fee. Registering to vote is a privilege afforded to citizens of the United States by the Constitution of the United States.

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Q:How will I know that I am a registered voter in Seminole County?
A:After your Florida Voter Registration Application has been accepted and approved as being complete, a voter information card will be issued and mailed to you. The card designates your precinct number, the district number for your member of Congress in Washington, your State Senator and your State Representative. Also shown are the district numbers for your County Commissioner and School Board Member. You must be registered, and vote, in the precinct in which you live on election day.

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Q:I have been convicted of a felony but have served my time. Can I register to vote?
A:Yes, if your civil rights have been restored.

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Q:I have been convicted of speeding and DUI. Are these felonies?
A:You can contact the Clerk of Court for the county where you were convicted for an answer to this question.

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Q:I live in two different states. Is it okay for me to register here?
A:Yes, but you can't be registered in two places at one time. You must decide in which state you want to be registered.

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Q:My children are going to leave Seminole County to attend college. Where should they register to vote?
A:Students may maintain their voter registration at their Seminole County residence address or they may elect to register to vote in the jurisdiction where the school is located. Those who choose to maintain their registration in Seminole County should remember to contact our office to request absentee ballots in an election year.

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Q:Voter Information Card
A:You may request a replacement card by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application form, or by submitting a signed, written request to our office.

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Q:What are the major political parties in the state of Florida?
A:Democratic and Republican.

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Q:What are the office hours?
A:Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Q:What are the recognized minor political parties in the state of Florida?
A:Several minor parties are listed with the Division of Elections.

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Q:What do I do if I am a registered voter in Seminole County and need to make a change on my registration records?
A:It is important that you notify our office of any change in your name, party affiliation or residence address within Seminole County in order to keep your registration active and eliminate confusion and delay on Election Day. Address changes may be done by telephone at 407-585-VOTE (8683), by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application (preferred), visiting our office, or submitting a request in writing. Florida Statutes allow name, address and party affiliation changes through a signed, written note. Any written requests should include your name, date of birth, current residence and former registration address. However, completing a Florida Voter Registration Application (preferred) is the most efficient and preferred method for any of these changes.
If, on election day, you discover that you have not notified us of your new address, you may call our office at 407-585-VOTE (8683) to obtain the location of your polling place. If you have moved within Seminole County, you can complete paperwork at your polling place to update your address. However, if you have moved from another county to Seminole County, you must vote a provisional ballot at your new polling place if you have not yet updated your address. It is important for you to know that it is a felony to vote in a precinct in which you do not live on election day.
If you have moved to a county other than Seminole County, you should contact the elections office in your new county of residence.

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Q:What do I need to take to my polling place on election day?
A:You will be required to present a current and valid photo identification that contains your signature. The identification may be any of the following: Florida Driver's License - Florida ID Card - U.S. Passport - Debit/Credit Card - Military ID - Student ID - Retirement Center ID - Neighborhood Association ID - Public Assistance ID.

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Q:What does nonpartisan mean?
A:Nonpartisan means that you are not affiliated with any political party (major or minor).

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Q:What forms do I need to register to vote?
A:You must complete a Florida Voter Registration Application. Identification requirements are outlined on the application. No other forms are required.

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Q:What information must I provide to request an absentee ballot?
A:A request from the voter must include the following:

  • The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
  • The voter's address
  • The voter's date of birth
  • The voter's signature (written request only)


If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request an absentee ballot for him or herself, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:

  • The requester's name
  • The requester's address
  • The requester's driver's license number, if available
  • The requester's relationship to the voter
  • The requester's signature (written request only)

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Q:When can I request an absentee ballot?
A:An absentee ballot may be requested at any time and is effective for all elections for which the voter is eligible through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. An absentee ballot request can also be made for a specific election. To receive an absentee ballot by mail for a specific election, you must make the request no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday prior to that election. Click here to request an absentee ballot.

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Q:When must I register to vote?
A:Florida Statutes require that you be registered 29 days prior to the election in which you wish to participate. This is also known as the book closing date. However applications are accepted at any time. Click here for registration application.

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Q:Where will I vote on election day?
A:Your precinct number is printed on your voter information card. Polling place locations are advertised in the newspaper on Sunday prior to election day.

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Q:Who can vote by absentee?
A:If you are a qualified Seminole County voter, you are entitled to vote an absentee ballot.

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