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PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED TO VOTE

Voters will be required to show a photo identification in order to vote in elections. 

101.043 Identification required at polls.— (1)(a) The precinct register, as prescribed in s. 98.461, shall be used at the polls for the purpose of identifying the elector at the polls before allowing him or her to vote. The clerk or inspector shall require each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

 1. Florida driver’s license.

2. Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

3. United States passport.

4. Debit or credit card.

5. Military identification.

6. Student identification.

7. Retirement center identification.

8. Neighborhood association identification.

9. Public assistance identification.

10. Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

11. A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06.

12. Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

(2) If the elector fails to furnish the required identification, the elector shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. The canvassing board shall determine the validity of the ballot pursuant to s. 101.048(2).

ASSISTANCE AT THE POLLS

The Elector can designate someone of his or her choice, other than their employer or an officer or agent of the person's union.  Election officials may also provide assistance.

For Your Information 

Polling precincts are open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Changes in the Law as a result of the voters' approval of Constitutional Amendment #11 in the 1998 General Election.

School Board Races are now non-partisan.  The School Board Race is decided in the Primary election if there are only two candidates.  If there are more than two candidates, the run-off will take place in the general election.

The Universal Primary   If a race is to be decided in the Primary Election because only two candidates of the same party qualified, then that race will be on all ballots - democratic, republican and non-partisan. 

An example of  a universal primary race appeared on the 2000 First Primary Election.  The State Attorney Race had two republicans and no other candidates, therefore, even though the candidates were republican, the Universal Primary Race will appeared on everyones ballot.  

The reasoning is that if the race is to be decided in the First Primary, then all voters should have an opportunity to vote on the race. 

VOTER ENHANCEMENTS 

Election Systems and Software (ES&S) DS200 Tabulator and ExpressVote Ballot Marking Device

A new voting system was purchased in 2018 from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). The previous election system had served us well since 1998 but it was time to upgrade. Florida is a paper based state and the new ES&S election system utilizes the marksense paper ballots as we have done since 1998. The new voting system includes the DS200 tabulator and the ExpressVote ballot marking device. Once a ballot is marked, the voter will place their ballot in the DS200 so that their vote may be tabulated. The ExpressVote is a part of the election system originally used only for people with disabilities. In 2019, the Florida Legislature changed the law to allow all voters to use the ExpressVote if they would prefer. The ExpressVote is a paper based ballot marker system that utilizes a touch screen for the voter to mark their ballot on a paper ballot card which is then inserted into the tabulator in the same manner as the ballots.