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Election Dates

2016 Election Day Dates

A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The Primary Election for nominating party nominees for the General Election is held 10 weeks before the General Election. Additionally, a Presidential Preference Primary Election is held in Presidential Election years. Special elections may be called at any time during the year. The election dates for 2016 are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 15, 2016
  • Primary Election: August 30, 2016
  • General Election: November 8, 2016

2016 Voter Registration/Bookclosing Deadline

You can register to vote at any time. The deadline to register to vote for an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for the 2016 election cycle are:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 16, 2016
  • Primary Election: August 1, 2016
  • General Election: October 11, 2016

2016 Absentee Ballot 'Send' Deadline

For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for election officials to send ballots is 45 days before an election:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: January 30, 2016
  • Primary Election: July 16, 2016
  • General Election: September 24, 2016

For domestic voters the deadline for election officials to send ballots is between 35 and 28 days (7-day window) before an election:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election:  February 9 - 16, 2016
  • Primary Election: July 26 – August 2, 2016
  • General Election: October 4 – 11, 2016

2016 Early Voting Period

The early voting period consists of a minimum mandatory period of 8 days. It starts on the 10th day and ends on the 3rd day before Election Day:

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 5- 12, 2016
  • Primary Election: August 20 – 27, 2016
  • General Election: October 29 – November 5, 2016

In addition, each county Supervisor of Elections may at his or her own discretion offer additional days of early voting on any or all days during the 15th through 11th day and the last Sunday before Election Day.

2016 Candidate Qualifying Period

  • Judicial, State Attorney and Public Defender (All Except 20th Circuit) 
    • Noon,  May 2, 2016 – Noon, May 6, 2016
    • Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning April 18, 2016, pursuant to Section 99.061(8), F.S.
  • U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, County Offices and Special Districts 
    • Noon, 20 June, 2016 – Noon, 24 June, 2016
    • Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning June 6, 2016, pursuant to Section 99.061(8), F.S.

Scheduled County and Municipal Elections

County and Municipal Elections Database