VOTE: Election 2020
Florida
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification with a signature is required:

Driver’s license
Florida ID card
U.S. passport
Debit or credit card
Military ID
Student ID
Retirement center ID
Neighborhood association ID
Public assistance ID
Veteran health ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm
Employee ID card issued by any federal, state or local entity

A voter who presents an ID without a signature must show a second form of identification that includes the voter’s signature.

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Florida?
Any voter can request a Vote by Mail ballot, no excuse required

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 24 by 5:00 pm.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on Election day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 24

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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October 6
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November 3
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Biography

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Florida Supreme Court

Biography

Carlos Muñiz is a judge of the Florida Supreme Court. He assumed office on January 22, 2019. His current term ends on January 5, 2021.

Muñiz is running for re-election for judge of the Florida Supreme Court. He is on the ballot in the general retention on November 3, 2020.

Muñiz was included on President Donald Trump’s (R) list of 20 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees released on September 9, 2020. President Trump (R) nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the seat on September 26, 2020. For more information on the 2020 Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020, click here.

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Initiatives

Florida Amendment 1
Citizen Requirement for Voting Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Florida Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in Florida.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Florida Constitution, thus keeping the existing language that says “every citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in Florida.

Florida Amendment 2
$15 Minimum Wage Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the initiative to increase the state's minimum wage incrementally until reaching $15 per hour in September 2026.

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A "no" vote opposes the initiative to increase the state's minimum wage incrementally until reaching $15 in September 2026, thereby keeping the existing minimum wage of $8.56 per hour as of 2020 and adjusted annually.

Florida Amendment 3
Top-Two Open Primaries for State Offices Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports establishing a top-two open primary system for primary elections for state legislators, the governor, and cabinet (attorney general, chief financial officer, and commissioner of agriculture) in Florida.

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A "no" vote opposes establishing a top-two open primary system for primary elections, thereby leaving in place Florida's current system where closed primaries are held by each party.

Florida Amendment 4
Require Constitutional Amendments to be Passed Twice Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.

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A "no" vote opposes requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.

Florida Amendment 5
Extend "Save Our Homes" Portability Period Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.

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A "no" vote opposes extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.

Florida Amendment 6
Homestead Property Tax Discount for Spouses of Deceased Veterans Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports allowing a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

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A "no" vote opposes allowing a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.