2012 Election Special Edition

With just days to go to until the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election, a major focus has turned to voting ahead, rather than waiting for Election Day.


 VOTE BY MAIL: The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday, October 31. Any qualified voter is entitled to vote by absentee ballot, which may be requested in person at elections offices, in writing, over the telephone or in some cases by completing an online application. Contact your elections office.

EARLY VOTING: In addition to the absentee ballots that have gone out across the state, early voting begins Oct. 27, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. Contact your elections office for early voting locations.

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, Nov. 6. Election Day Times: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


When voting early or voting at a polling place, Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with signature. Acceptable forms of ID are:

● Florida driver’s license (quickest ID to process)
● Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (quickest ID to process)
● United States passport
● Debit or credit card
● Military identification
● Student identification
● Retirement center identification
● Neighborhood Association identification
● Public Assistance identification

ID required and checked at the polls is used solely to confirm the voter’s identity, not to verify the voter’s ID number or address.

The photograph on the ID is compared to the person standing before the poll worker and the signature on the ID is compared to the signature on record.

If the voter’s picture ID does not contain a signature, an additional document with signature may be used.