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Election Day FAQ

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

  1. How long is the ballot? For Bay, Jackson and Walton voters, the ballot is 4 pages long (2 pages printed front-and-back). View a general sample ballot online here:
  2. I have no party affiliation. Who can I vote for on the ballot? Unlike in a primary election, any voter can vote for any candidate on the ballot, regardless of party affiliation.
  3. Why do Republicans appear on the ballot before Democrats? Under state law, the party of the governor dictates the ballot order for partisan races. Gov. Rick Scott is a Republican.
  4. Why aren't there races for all of my districts on the ballot? There are several possible reasons. Not all seats are up for reelection this year. A candidate may have drawn no opposition, and so he or she was automatically reelected. A candidate may have won in the primary.
  5. What does "write-in" mean? A write-in candidate is someone who qualified to run for office but did not pay a qualifying fee or collect petition signatures to have his or her name appear on the ballot. The candidate's name must be written on the ballot by voters.
  6. What does "referendum" mean? A referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new law. In this election, a referendum appears only on the Walton County ballot.
  7. Why is there no Amendment 7 on my ballot? The Florida Supreme Court removed the proposed amendment, ruling the language was ambiguous. State lawmakers rewrote it and placed it on the ballot as Amendment 8. There are 11 amendments total.
  8. By what percentage do ballot questions have to be approved in order to pass?Amendments to the Florida Constitution must be approved by 60 percent-plus-1 of the electorate statewide in order to pass. Local referendums require 50 percent-plus-1.
  9. Can I leave any races or questions on the ballot blank? Yes, though before scanning your ballot, a poll worker may ask you if you left the questions blank on purpose.
  10. Do I need to bring my voter card to my precinct or early-voting site? No. You need to bring a valid photo and signature ID, such as a Florida driver's license (the quickest document to process) or U.S. passport. An ID is not required for absentee voters, but the signature on the ballot envelope must match the signature on file at the elections department.

ABSENTEE VOTING

  1. Can I still request an absentee ballot? Only in person, at the elections supervisor's office. In Bay voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at 830 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401 * Phone: 850-784-6100 In Walton voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at: County Courthouse 571 US Hwy 90 E, Ste 102 DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 or Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Suite 300 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 In Jackson voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at: 2851 Jefferson Street, Marianna, FL 32448
  2. Do I need a reason to request an absentee ballot? No.
  3. How late can I mail my absentee ballot? Absentee ballots must arrive no later than 7 p.m.  on Election Day. Postage is $0.65 Absentee ballot envelopes must be signed, and the signature must match the signature on record with the elections office.
  4. What happens to my ballot after I mail it in? If the signature on the ballot envelope matches the one on record, the ballot is opened and counted. Absentee results are the first ones reported on Election Night. If the signature does not match, then the ballot remains closed. A canvassing board that meets regularly before and after Election Day decides whether to accept the ballot.
  5. How do I know my ballot counted? Is there a way to track my ballot? You can track your absentee ballots online.
  6. Can I turn in my absentee ballot in person? If so, where? Yes, but not at your precinct on Election Day — only at the elections supervisor's offices. In Bay voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at 830 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401 * Phone: 850-784-6100 In Walton voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at: County Courthouse 571 US Hwy 90 E, Ste 102 DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 or Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Suite 300 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 In Jackson voters may turn in their ballots in person through 7 p.m. on Election Day at: 2851 Jefferson Street, Marianna, FL 32448
  7. Can I turn in someone else's absentee ballot? Yes.
  8. If I requested an absentee ballot and have yet to receive it, or if it has yet to arrive at the elections department, can I still vote in person? Yes, but there's fine print. Voters will be allowed to vote in person if poll workers confirm that the elections department has not received their absentee ballot. The absentee ballot will be canceled. If the elections department cannot determine whether it has received the voter's absentee ballot, the voter may be asked to cast a provisional ballot.
  9. If I changed my mind, can I ask the elections department to throw away my absentee ballot and have a do-over? No. Once an absentee ballot is cast, it cannot be revoked or amended.

ELECTION DAY

  1. On Election Day, where should I vote? At your assigned precinct, which is listed on your voter registration card. Or you can call the elections supervisor's office or visit their website.
  2. What if a poll worker says I can't vote but I think I can? You can cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are given to voters whose eligibility cannot be determined. You will have two business days after the election to submit proof that you were eligible to vote.
  3. If I changed my address and didn't notify the elections department, can I still vote? Call before Election Day to update your address to avoid delays. If you are registered to vote elsewhere in the same county, you should go to the polling place for your new address. Let the precinct clerk know about your change of address. The clerk will complete a form and verify that you are registered. Then, you can vote. If you are registered to vote elsewhere in Florida, you should also go to the polling place for your new address and file a change of address, but you will be asked to vote using a provisional ballot.
  4. Can someone go to the voting booth with me if I need help? Yes, but ask a poll worker first because you and your assistant will each need to fill out a form. You can also ask poll workers for help.
  5. What if I make a mistake on my ballot? Return the page to a poll worker and request a new page.
  6. Do I need to scan both sides of each page on the ballot? No.
  7. Can I wear a campaign T-shirt to vote? Voters wearing campaign gear may enter a polling place to vote, but they are asked not to speak about candidates or issues or solicit other voters while they are inside the polling place.
  8. What if I'm still in line when the polls close? Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Calhoun County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Bay County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Franklin County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Gulf County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Jackson County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Liberty County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Walton County Supervisor of Elections website: click here

Washington County Supervisor of Elections website: click here