Here's all the information you need for how to vote in Florida's 2022 elections (2023)

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Here's all the information you need for how to vote in Florida's 2022 elections (1)

Here is information compiled by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office for the 2022 elections in Tampa Bay area counties.

There’s general information for everyone as well as county-by-county information.

The Hillsborough SOE reminds us that “voters may only vote in the county in which they reside, and that counties in Florida hold Early Voting for different periods of time depending on what works best in each county.”

The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 general election was October 11, 2022.

1. Vote By Mail

Contact your Supervisor of Elections Office no later than October 29th (but preferably sooner!) to request that a ballot be mailed to you, or you may pick up a mail ballot at an elections office in your county. Mail ballots must be received by your Supervisor of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. November 8.

What to Know about Vote By Mail

— Don’t forget to sign your Vote By Mail envelope before returning it.

— Make sure you have a current signature on file with your Supervisor of Elections Office. You can update your signature by completing a printed or online voter registration application. (An online application will add your most recent Florida Driver License or Florida ID signature to your voter

record.)

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— Be consistent when signing your mail ballot return envelope. Signatures are compared to those on file with the elections office.

— You may mail your ballot back or drop it in a secure ballot intake station at your local elections offices or Early Voting sites (during Early Voting).

Check with your local elections office for more information on secure ballot intake station locations.

— If you mail the ballot back, make sure to allow plenty of time for it to be received. We recommend that you allow at least a week for your mailed ballot to reach your elections office. If your ballot isn’t in your county’s elections office by 7:00 p.m. Election Day, it will not be counted.

2. Early Voting

During Early Voting, you may vote at any Early Vote site in your county.

Dates, times and locations vary by county (see list below). Important: you must vote in the county you live in.

What to Bring to an Early Vote Site

— Current and valid photo and signature ID. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • FL Driver License, FL ID Card (issued by DHSMV)
  • US Passport
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Retirement Center ID
  • Neighborhood Association ID
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Veteran Health ID (issued by VA)
  • Concealed Weapon License (issued pursuant to s. 790.06)
  • Government Employee ID

If you do not bring ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

— Your sample ballot. You may mark your sample ballot and use it as a reference.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 6, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Locations:

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  • Apollo Beach Community Center
  • Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
  • Bruton Memorial Library
  • C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library
  • Fred B. Karl County Center
  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library
  • Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library
  • Keystone Recreation Center
  • Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library
  • New Tampa Regional Library
  • North Tampa Branch Library
  • Northdale Recreation Center
  • Northwest Regional Office
  • Port Tampa Community Center
  • Providence West Community Center
  • Riverview Branch Library
  • Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center
  • Robert W Saunders, Sr. Public Library
  • Southeast Regional Office
  • SouthShore Regional Library
  • SouthShore Regional Service Center
  • Temple Terrace Public Library
  • Town N Country Regional Public Library
  • University Area Community Center
  • USF Family Center (MHF-Activities Room)
  • West Tampa Branch Library

PINELLAS COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 6, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Locations:

  • Countryside Recreation Center
  • Gulfport Neighborhood Center
  • J.W. Cate Recreation Center
  • Supervisor of Elections Office – Election Service Center in Largo
  • Supervisor of Elections Office – County Building in St. Petersburg
  • Supervisor of Elections Office – Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater (voter parking spots will be designated in courthouse parking lots)
  • The Centre of Palm Harbor

PASCO COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 26 – November 5, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Locations:

  • East Pasco Government Center
  • Alice Hall Community Center
  • New River Library
  • Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus
  • Land O Lakes Recreation Complex
  • Pasco County Utilities Admin Building
  • Odessa Community Center
  • J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex
  • Regency Park Library
  • West Pasco Government Center
  • Hudson Library
  • Wesley Chapel District Park

POLK COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locations:

  • Polk Street Community Center
  • Polk County Sheriffs Northeast District Office
  • Haines City Library
  • Polk County Govt. Center in Lakeland
  • Simpson Park Community Center
  • Lake Wales Tourist Club
  • Mulberry Civic Center
  • Poinciana Community Fitness Center
  • Gil Jones NE Polk County Govt. Center

SUMTER COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 25 – November 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locations:

  • Laurel Manor Recreation
  • Allamanda Recreation Center
  • Rohan Recreation Center
  • Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center
  • Bushnell Annex
  • The Villages Sumter County Service Center
  • Everglades Recreation Center

HERNANDO COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 26 – November 5, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locations:

  • South Brooksville Community Center
  • Spring Hill Branch Library
  • Supervisor of Elections Branch Office/Forest Oaks Government Center
  • East Hernando Library
  • Hernando County Utilities Bldg./Community Room

SARASOTA COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 6, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Locations:

  • Sarasota Elections Office, Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota
  • Venice Elections Office, R.L. Anderson Admin Center, 4000 S Tamiami Trail, Rm 114, Venice
  • North Port Elections Office, Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port
  • North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota
  • Fruitville Public Library, 100 Apex Road, Sarasota
  • The Devyn Event Center, 7113 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (replaces Sarasota Square Mall early voting site)
  • Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota
  • Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave S, Venice
  • Shannon Staub Public Library/Suncoast Technical College, 4675 Career Lane, North Port

MANATEE COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 24 – November 6, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locations:

  • Supervisor of Elections Office
  • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
  • Palmetto Library
  • Rocky Bluff Library
  • Manatee County Utilities Administrative Offices

CITRUS COUNTY EARLY VOTING: October 28 – November 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locations:

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  • Central Ridge Library
  • Central Ridge Community Center
  • Crystal River Elections Office
  • Homosassa Public Library
  • Inverness City Hall

3. Election Day: November 8, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Florida law states that on Election Day you may only vote in the polling place assigned to your current residence address. You are encouraged to update your address prior to Election Day to avoid delays at your polling place. If you don’t know where your polling place is, call your Supervisor of Elections or check their website.

What to Bring on Election Day

— Current and valid photo and signature ID. Acceptable forms of identification include: FL Driver License, FL ID Card (issued by DHSMV), US Passport, Debit or Credit Card, Military ID, Student ID, Retirement Center ID, Neighborhood Association ID, Public Assistance ID, Veteran Health ID (issued by VA), Concealed Weapon License (issued pursuant to s. 790.06), Government Employee ID. If you do not bring ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

— Your sample ballot. You may mark your sample ballot and use it as a reference.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections VoteHillsborough.gov (813) 744-5900

  • Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, Florida
  • 33619 Fred B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33602
  • Southeast Regional Office, 10020 South U.S. Hwy. 301, Riverview, FL 33578
  • Northwest Regional Office, 4575 Gunn Hwy., Tampa, FL 33624

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo: HillsboroughSOE

Julie Marcus, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections VotePinellas.gov (727) 464-VOTE (8683) email: [emailprotected]

  • Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Rd.,
  • Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, Largo, FL 33773
  • County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Facebook: PinellasCountySOE Twitter and Instagram: @VotePinellas

Brian E. Corley, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections PascoVotes.gov (352) 521-4302 or 1 (800) 851-8754

  • East Pasco Government Center, 14236 6th St., Suite 200, Dade City, FL 33523
  • West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Dr., Suite 110, New Port Richey, FL 34654
  • Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Suite 105, Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

Para assistencia en espaol llame al (833) 828-3224

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Lori Edwards, Polk County Supervisor of Elections PolkElections.gov (863) 534-5888

  • Headquarters, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830
  • Operations Center, 70 Florida Citrus Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880

Facebook: PolkElections Twitter: @PolkElections1 Instagram:@polkelections

William “Bill” Keen, Sumter County Supervisor of Elections elections.sumtercountyfl.gov (352) 569-1540

  • Main office, 7375 Powell Road, Suite 125, Wildwood, FL 34785
  • Bushnell Annex Office, 316 E. Anderson Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513

Shirley Anderson, Hernando County Supervisor of Elections HernandoVotes.com (352) 754-4125

  • 16264 Spring Hill Dr. Brooksville, FL 34604
  • 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34606 Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: HernandoVotes

Ron Turner, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections https://www.sarasotavotes.gov/

Michael S. Bennett, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections VoteManatee.gov (941) 741-3823

600 301 Blvd. W. Suite 108, Bradenton, FL 34205

Facebook: Manatee-County-Supervisor-Of-Elections

Maureen Baird, Citrus County Supervisor of Elections www.votecitrus.gov (352) 564-7120

1500 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428

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Facebook: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections

FAQs

What three factors predict who will vote? ›

The three cleavage-based voting factors focused on in research are class, gender and religion.

What gives me the right to vote? ›

Voting Rights Laws and Constitutional Amendments. U.S. election laws date back to Article 1 of the Constitution. This gave states the responsibility of overseeing federal elections. Many Constitutional amendments and federal laws to protect voting rights have been passed since then.

Do Florida poll workers get paid? ›

Do I get paid for being a Poll Worker? Yes. Poll Workers receive a lump sum pay which includes training pay.

What methods do political parties use to influence voters choices? ›

Advertising, theme songs, stump speeches, and even negative campaigning have been around since our country began, and each advance in technology since then has offered new opportunities for candidates to persuade voters.

Which age group is least likely to vote in an election? ›

Voter turnout also increased as age, educational attainment and income increased. Voter turnout was highest among those ages 65 to 74 at 76.0%, while the percentage was lowest among those ages 18 to 24 at 51.4%.

Who can be denied the right to vote? ›

Today, citizens over the age of 18 cannot be denied the right to vote on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. In every state except North Dakota, citizens must register to vote, and laws regarding the registration process vary by State.

What is the 15th Amendment in simple terms? ›

Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote.

What is the 26th amendment in simple terms? ›

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

How do I become a Florida poll watcher? ›

Poll watcher forms must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections at least 14 days before early voting begins and no later than noon on the second Tuesday preceding the election. All forms must be completed in full using one form per polling room and provided in precinct order.

How much do NYC election workers make? ›

Salary is $130.00 for working an Election Day, $25.00 for attending class and passing exam; ♦ However, if you do not work on Election Day, you will not receive the $25.00 for attending class, ♦ A $35.00 bonus will be given to those attending class, passing the exam, and working two Election Days.

What is the most important equipment or materials that poll workers should have available for voters? ›

Poll workers should be given printed cards that include phone numbers and other contact information (in English and in the jurisdiction's other languages as required by the Voting Rights Act), to give to voters who need more information than the poll workers can provide.

What are the three steps in the voting process? ›

  1. The Requirements.
  2. Step 1: Primaries and Caucuses.
  3. Step 2: National Conventions and General Election.
  4. Step 3: The Electoral College.

What factors influence voter participation? ›

Additionally, many factors impact voter turnout, including new election laws, the type of election (e.g., presidential or midterm), and the competitiveness of the race. The number of voting-age voters (i.e., 18 years of age or older) in a jurisdiction.

How do I stop political party mail? ›

To opt out permanently: Go to optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) to start the process. But to complete your request, you'll need to sign and return the Permanent Opt-Out Election form you'll get after you've started the process.

Which age group votes the least in the USA? ›

Young people have the lowest turnout, though as the individual ages, turnout increases to a peak at the age of 50 and then falls again.

What country has the highest voter turnout? ›

Compulsory voting

In Singapore, where voting is compulsory, turnout at the 2020 general election was 95.81%, the highest since 1997 where it was 95.91%.

Does education affect voter turnout? ›

The strong correlation between education and voting is among the most robust findings in social science. We show that genes associated with the propensity to acquire education are also associated with higher voter turnout.

What percentage of Americans are registered to vote? ›

According to the Current Population Survey, 2020 voter turnout was 68.4% for women and 65.0% for men. About 9.7 million more women than men voted.

What did the 15th Amendment do for slaves? ›

The 15th Amendment guaranteed African-American men the right to vote. Almost immediately after ratification, African Americans began to take part in running for office and voting.

Is right to vote a constitutional right? ›

Detailed Solution. The correct answer is Constitutional Right. What is true of the right to vote, is also true for the right to contest the election, that means it is also a constitutional right.

What is the14th Amendment? ›

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

What is the 17 Amendment in simple terms? ›

Passed by Congress on May 13, 1912, and ratified on April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment modified Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution by allowing voters to cast direct votes for U.S. senators. Prior to its passage, senators were chosen by state legislatures.

What are the 13 14 15 Amendment? ›

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery. The 14th Amendment gave citizenship to all people born in the US. The 15th Amendment gave Black Americans the right to vote.

What does the 27th Amendment mean in simple terms? ›

The Meaning

Amendment XXVII prevents members of Congress from granting themselves pay raises during the current session. Rather, any raises that are adopted must take effect during the next session of Congress.

When was the last time an amendment was made? ›

Twenty-seventh Amendment, amendment (1992) to the Constitution of the United States that required any change to the rate of compensation for members of the U.S. Congress to take effect only after the subsequent election in the House of Representatives.

What was the 11th Amendment? ›

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

What affects voter turnout? ›

Additionally, many factors impact voter turnout, including new election laws, the type of election (e.g., presidential or midterm), and the competitiveness of the race. The number of voting-age voters (i.e., 18 years of age or older) in a jurisdiction.

What is the importance of third parties? ›

Third parties may also help voter turnout by bringing more people to the polls. Third-party candidates at the top of the ticket can help to draw attention to other party candidates down the ballot, helping them to win local or state office.

What must a candidate win a majority of to become a US president? ›

How many electoral votes are necessary to win the presidential election? 270. In order to become president, a candidate must win more than half of the votes in the Electoral College.

What contributes to low voter turnout in Texas? ›

Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors

Besides homeownership, many other factors are associated with difference in turnout. Older people are more likely to vote than younger people. Native Texans are more likely to vote then immigrants. Lower English proficiency is strongly correlated with low voter turnout.

Does education affect voter turnout? ›

The strong correlation between education and voting is among the most robust findings in social science. We show that genes associated with the propensity to acquire education are also associated with higher voter turnout.

What country has the highest voter turnout? ›

Compulsory voting

In Singapore, where voting is compulsory, turnout at the 2020 general election was 95.81%, the highest since 1997 where it was 95.91%.

What percent of the U.S. votes? ›

Turnout statistics
ElectionVoting-age population (VAP)Turnout as % of VAP
2008229,945,00057.1%
2012235,248,00053.8%
2016249,422,00054.8%
2020257,605,08862.0%
19 more rows

Which is the largest and strongest political party in the world? ›

Parties with over 50 million members
RankNameClaimed number of members (Year)
1Bharatiya Janata Party Indian People's Party180 million (2019)
2Chinese Communist Party96.71 million (2022)

Who warned U.S. about political parties? ›

The ensuing partisan battles led George Washington to warn of “the baneful effects of the spirit of party” in his Farewell Address as president of United States. “Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”

What happens if a third-party gets 5 of the vote? ›

A new party candidate receives partial public funding after the election if he or she receives five percent or more of the vote. The entitlement is based on the ratio of the new party candidate's popular vote in the current election to the average popular vote of the two major party candidates in the election.

What happens if no one runs for President? ›

Instead, presidential elections use the Electoral College. To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes. In the event no candidate receives a majority, the House of Representatives chooses the president and the Senate chooses the vice president.

How can a President be removed from office? ›

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. U.S. Const. art.

What is it called when only one person runs for office? ›

An uncontested single-winner election is one where there is only one candidate. In some uncontested elections, the normal process, of voters casting ballots and election official counting votes, is cancelled as superfluous and costly; in other cases the election proceeds as a formality.

How many voters are registered as Republicans? ›

The percentage of voters registered with a qualified political party decreased from 76.2% to 74.9%. The percentage of voters registered with the Democratic Party increased from 45.1% to 46.3%. The percentage of voters registered with the Republican Party decreased from 27.1% to 24.0%.

What was prohibited under the twenty fourth amendment? ›

On this date in 1962, the House passed the Twenty-fourth Amendment, outlawing the poll tax as a voting requirement in federal elections, by a vote of 295 to 86. At the time, five states maintained poll taxes which disproportionately affected African-American voters: Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas.

Why is it important for citizens to vote in national state and local elections? ›

Another responsibility of citizens is voting. The law does not require citizens to vote, but voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens' interests.

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