For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Contact: Sarah Revell
Secretary Detzner Announces Upcoming July 30 Voter Registration Deadline for Florida’s Primary Election
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Secretary of State Ken Detzner reminds voters that the deadline for registering to vote in Florida’s Primary Election is July 30.
“The July 30 deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation to be in effect for the Primary Election is just around the corner. I encourage all eligible voters to check their voter registration status and ensure they are registered and that their information is up-to-date,” said Secretary Detzner. “The Department’s new voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov makes it convenient, easy and secure to register to vote or update your registration information online.”
Individuals not registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a completed voter registration application by Monday, July 30 in order to participate in Florida’s Primary Election. Voters who are already registered but want to update their political party affiliation must update their voter registration information by Monday, July 30 in order to have the change in effect for the Primary Election.
Floridians can check their current voter registration status, register to vote or update their existing registration through the Department’s new online voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.
An update to a voter’s signature for provisional and vote-by-mail ballot verification purposes for the Primary Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, which may start as early as August 13.
As a reminder, Florida is a closed primary state which means that only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for their respective party candidates for an office in a primary election. However, if the winner of the primary race would face no opposition in the general election, then all voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in that race in the primary election.
For more information, please visit the Division of Elections’ website at dos.myflorida.com/elections.
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About the Division of Elections
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections supports the Secretary of State, Florida’s chief election officer, in ensuring that Florida has fair and accurate elections. The Division’s three bureaus: Bureau of Election Records, Bureau of Voter Registration Services, and Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, have several responsibilities in the areas of legal compliance and elections administration to ensure that Florida’s election laws are uniformly interpreted and implemented. The Division also assists local Supervisors of Elections in their duties, and promotes enhanced public awareness and participation in the electoral process. For more information about Florida’s elections, visit dos.myflorida.com/elections.