Know the Deadlines
Florida law allows vote by mail without the need to give a reason or an excuse. But there are deadlines to be aware of. Use the information below so you won’t miss a step. Or use it as part of a branch GOTV (Get Out the Vote) campaign in your community, or include it in your branch newsletter to remind members.
Step one: Check your registration at the Florida Division of Elections website.
October 5: Last day to register to vote or update your voter registration. Register to vote.
October 24: Last day to apply for a mail-in ballot. However, don’t wait. Do it now! Apply for absentee or mail-in ballot.
October 24-31: Early voting; however, check with your county supervisor of elections.
November 2: Find your polling place. If you prefer to vote in person, be sure to check your polling place. Many were moved in the primary because of COVID-19.
7 p.m., November 3: Deadline to return your mail-in ballot. Complete your ballot and send it back as soon as possible to avoid mail delays.
For more information, go to https://dos.myflorida.com/elections.
Review lawmakers’ positions
Use the US Congress Candidates Head-to-Head Guide to FL Template to see how candidates stand on issues important to AAUW.
Learn about the amendments
There are six amendments to the Florida constitution on the ballot this year. Here’s information to get up to speed.
|CICA||Amendment 1||Suffrage||States in the state Constitution that only U.S. citizens can vote in federal, state, local, or school elections|
|CICA||Amendment 2||Minimum wage||Increases the state minimum wage to $15 by 2026|
|CICA||Amendment 3||Elections||Establishes a top-two open primary system for state office primary elections|
|CICA||Amendment 4||Direct democracy||Requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election|
|LRCA||Amendment 5||Taxes||Increases the period during which a person may transfer “Save Our Homes” benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years|
|LRCA||Amendment 6||Taxes||Allows a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran|
Resources for more information
State of Florida resources
- 2020 County Legislative Delegations – AAUW Branches
- 2020 FL House Members – Districts/Counties
- 2020 FL Senate Members – Districts/Counties
- Find My Florida State Senator Online
- Find My Florida House Representative Online
- AAUW Branches By FL County
- Book Mark Example
Official political party sites
- Democratic Party
- Democratic Socialists of America
- Green Party
- Libertarian Party
- Reform Party
- Republican Party
- Tea Party