State Background Info:
  Upcoming SoS Elections:

Florida Electoral Administration
Absentee ballots require an excuse: no

Early voting: yes

Felons: Florida permanently disenfranchises any person with a felony conviction. In order to regain the right to vote, interested individuals generally must apply for a restoration of civil rights or a pardon. The Department of Corrections is obligated by statute to assist all offenders departing prison or supervision in completing the application for restoration. The name and other identifying data of each offender leaving prison or supervision is submitted electronically to the Parole Commission for its consideration of civil rights restoration without a hearing. At present, fewer than 15% of persons leaving prison qualify for this process, which is based on a combination of offense history and current offense. Persons going through this process have their names forwarded to the Clemency Board for a twenty-day review for a restoration of civil rights. If two or more members of the Clemency Board, which is composed of the Governor and members of his Cabinet, object to the restoration of civil rights, then the individual’s request is denied and he or she must go through the longer application and hearing process. The decision on restoration without a hearing process can take up to a year or longer to determine. Persons who do not qualify for restoration without a hearing process can call, write or email the Clemency Board requesting restoration of civil rights with a hearing or a pardon. In order to be eligible for the restoration of civil rights, the applicant must have completed all sentences and conditions of supervision, including probation and parole; must have no outstanding detainers or warrants and no pecuniary penalties or liabilities which total more than $1,000 and result from any criminal conviction or traffic infraction; and must have paid all victim restitution. Persons meeting these conditions and being granted a hearing are required to appear before the Clemency Board, which meets four times a year, and respond to questions from the Governor and cabinet.

ID Laws: All voters must show a current and valid picture ID with a signature. Approved forms of picture identification are: Florida driver's license; Florida ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; US passport; Employee badge or ID; Buyer's club ID; Debit or credit card; Military ID; Student ID; Retirement center ID; neighborhood association ID; Entertainment ID; Public assistance ID. If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature. Unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail, you may sign an affidavit if you do not have the proper identification.

Mandatory poll worker/election official training:
voluntary state training supplemented by salary

Paper trail: no

Provisional ballot validity determined by jurisdiction of voter, not precinct: no

Registration deadline: Registration ends 29 days before the election.

Uniform voting system: no