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FAQ - Elections

  1. Where can I locate information on upcoming elections, including the Presidential Preference Primary?
    • A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. The Primary Election for nominating party nominees for the General Election is 11 weeks before the General Election. Additionally, a Presidential Preference Primary is held on the third Tuesday in March of each presidential election year. Special elections may be called at any time during the year.  Further information can be found on our Election Dates page. 
  2. Where can I find information about the Electoral College and how the President of the United States is actually elected?
    • The Office of the Federal Register's website explains the history and operation of the Electoral College. The Office of the Federal Register coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the American People. In addition, the Office operates as an intermediary between the governors and secretaries of state of the various States and the Congress. The website fully explains the history and operation of the Electoral College.
  3. How do I become a poll worker?
    • Contact your county Supervisor of Elections about becoming a poll worker. A poll worker is required to attend at least 2 hours of training (at least 3 hours if holding a higher position) prior to each election that he or she is serving. A poll worker is paid. As a poll worker you must be a registered qualified elector of the county in which you are serving. You must also be able to read and write the English language. Bi-lingual speakers (especially those who speak Spanish) are encouraged to apply and serve.
  4. Must a poll watcher be a registered voter?
    • Yes. Each poll watcher must be a registered voter of the county in which he or she serves.
  5. May a candidate serve as a poll watcher?
    • No candidate, sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer or other law enforcement officer may serve as a poll watcher.
  6. What percentage comprises a win in the primary?
    • The partisan candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be nominated. In nonpartisan races, if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates will be voted on in the general election.
  7. I want to vote in the primary. Do I have to be a Democrat or Republican?
    • Since Florida is a closed primary state, only voters who are registered members of the respective political party's candidates can vote for those candidate nominees in a primary election. Typically that would be either one of the two major political parties (Republicans and Democrats) but it can also include minor political parties if they have candidates for an office on the primary election ballot. All registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which major or minor political party they are registered or even if they are registered without a specific party affiliation when:
      • All the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified).
      • The race is nonpartisan (i.e., prohibited from qualifying or campaigning based upon party affiliation) (e.g., judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions).
    • At a general election, all registered voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot. If there are write-in candidates who have qualified for a particular office, a space will be left on the general election ballot where their name can be written.
  8. Are all judges retained in office by voting "for retention" or "against retention?"
    • Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the District Courts of Appeal are subject to retention voting. Circuit judges and county judges are subject to election just like other candidates except where a local option has passed calling for selection of these judges by merit selection and retention voting. (Sections 105.041(2), 105.051(2), F.S., and Article V, Section 10, Florida Constitution) At the present time, all circuit judges and county court judges are elected.