Frequently Asked Election Related Questions


I want to change my political party and update my address, how do I do that?

You may update your voter information at any time, but political party changes must be made by book closing, which occurs 29 days before an election, to be in effect for that election.

Name, signature, or political party changes must be submitted on a voter registration application. Address updates may be submitted on a voter registration application or by calling or emailing the Election Office. You will need to provide your Florida Driver License or Florida ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number for verification.

What voting equipment is used?

Election Systems & Software (ES&S) DS200 optical scanners (tabulators) and ExpressVote ADA ballot marking devices are at all Early Voting and Election Day polling sites. High-speed central count scanners, model DS950, are used to tabulate Mail Ballots. All voters in Brevard vote using a paper ballot.

Do I have to vote in all the races?

No. The ballot scanner will count all the races you marked, even if some are left blank.

What if I vote for too many candidates in a race?

If you're voting in person, the ballot scanner will alert you that you have "overvoted" and allow you the opportunity to receive a new ballot or cast the ballot as-is. If you cast a mail ballot with an overvote, it will count that race as an overvote.

Can I change my ballot once it has been cast?

No. Once your ballot has been scanned and accepted by the optical scanner or your mail ballot has been deposited in a secure ballot intake station or received in the Election Office, it is deemed cast and cannot be retrieved or changed.

What if I can’t make it to the polls on Election Day?

In Florida, there are three methods for voters to cast their ballot in an election: Early Voting, Vote-by-Mail, or on Election Day. The Florida Legislature made no-excuse voting by mail available to all voters in 2002. In 2004, the Legislature signed the law creating Early Voting in Florida.

If I requested a Mail Ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?

Yes. Please bring your Mail Ballot to the polls and you will be asked to surrender it and be issued an Early Voting or Election Day ballot when you check in.

How do I know if my ballot has been counted?

If you vote by mail, you can track your ballot on to see when your voted ballot has been received and counted. When you vote in person, the screen on the tabulator indicates that your ballot has been accepted.

What is the Presidential Preference Primary?

The Presidential Preference Primary Election is a unique primary election which is held only during presidential election cycles, every four years. The Presidential Preference Primary is a closed-primary election and is part of the presidential nominating process for Florida’s two major political parties. Presidential candidates are only on the PPP and General Election ballots, not the Primary Election ballot.

Is Florida a closed primary state?

Yes, Florida is a closed primary state and only voters registered with a political party can vote in that party’s Primary Election. All voters can vote in nonpartisan races such as judicial, school board, municipal and referenda. The deadline to change your political party is 29 days before each election.

What is a universal primary?

When all the candidates for an office in a Primary Election are of the same party and the winner of the primary will have no opposition in the General Election, all electors, regardless of party affiliation, are eligible to vote in the primary for that office.

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