Important Midterm and Local Elections are happening this year. The issues we care about are on the line and our generation can make the difference at the ballot box. We have the power to decide important federal, state, and local races, so make sure you, your friends, and family members are ready to cast their ballots this election!
Florida has been ranked as a top ten state with the largest potential for youth voters to impact both gubernatorial and US Senate elections in 2022. Last time Florida had midterm elections in 2018, important races were decided by razor thin margins. Youth voting rates surged in the 2018 and 2020 elections, so our generation is showing up and demonstrating our electoral power!
Election Day is November 8 and early voting begins October 24 through November 6 and voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot until October 29. If you’re not eligible to vote due to age, not having voting rights restored, or citizenship status, use this information to help your friends and family who are eligible get ready to hit the ballot box in November! Want to get more involved? Volunteer with us and we’ll contact you to share all the details.
What’s Your Plan To Vote?
Vote By Mail
We love voting by mail and recommend it for those looking for an easy and reliable way to vote! Young people, senior citizens, and those without access to reliable transportation greatly benefit from Vote-by-Mail. This is a convenient option for those not wanting to stand in line to cast ballots or those preferring to vote at their convenience in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Click the links below to find out more information about how to Vote-by-Mail.
- You can request a vote-by-mail ballot to be sent to you up until 5 p.m. on the 10th day before any election here.
- To ensure your mail-in ballot arrives on time and your ballot is counted, it’s important to request and mail your vote-by-mail ballot as soon as possible.
- Your vote-by-mail ballot can be returned by:
- Mailing your ballot through United States Postal Service no later than 7-10 days before the election to ensure it will arrive by Election Day
- Dropping off your mail-in ballot at a secure ballot intake station during early voting at any early voting location in your county or at your county’s Supervisors of Elections office during its hours of operation.
- If you are unable to return your mail-in ballot by mail or in-person during early voting or at your Supervisor of Elections office, the ballot can be returned by a designee such as an immediate family member. See your options here.
- Make sure to sign your ballot with the same signature as you have on your Voter Registration card.
- Depending on where you live, your vote-by-mail ballot may have a prepaid postage by the Elections Department.
- You can track your mail-in ballot through your county’s Supervisor or Elections office. Find your county’s Supervisor or Elections here.
Find our more details about voting by mail in Florida here.
Early Voting In-Person
This in-person voting alternative is another convenient option for those not wanting to stand in line to cast their ballot or those preferring to vote at any location in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
- Early voting in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties begins October 24 and ends November 6.
- The early voting schedule is determined by your local Supervisor of Elections
- In Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, all early voting locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day of early voting.
- During the early voting period, you must vote at an early voting location in your county.
To cast your ballot during early voting, you will need to present a form of identification with your name, picture, and signature.You can receive free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID here.
Voting In Person on Election Day
- If you wait to vote on Election Day, you must vote at your assigned precinct. Find your Election Day polling location here.
- All polling locations on Election Day open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. You must be in line to cast your ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to vote.
- To vote in-person on Election Day, you will need to provide a form of identification with your name, picture and signature to vote early or on Election Day. You can receive free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID here.
Restoration of Voting Rights for Returning Citizens
If you are a returning citizen who had their right to vote revoked due to prior felony status, your voting rights may have been restored. Contact the Office of Executive Clemency at 850-488-2952 to begin the process of voter rights restoration; check with the County Clerk about your charges and fees owed. If you need help paying fees, reach out to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Elections can be overwhelming, but young people who pledge to vote with Engage are 11% more likely to turn out and cast their ballots. We send you reminders, information on your voting rights and how to vote, and voter guides that break down where candidates stand on the issues that matter most. In August, expect elections for nonpartisan local races in which everyone can participate, and closed primaries for Governor, US Senate, Congressional races and more, in which only voters registered with the party of their choice can participate. You must be registered to vote 29 days before an election in Florida. Your vote matters, so get ready to make a difference!