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2018 General Election
November 6, 2018
1st Set of Unofficial Returns
(pursuant to s. 102.141, F.S.)

Frequently Asked Questions (Español)

What is the General Election?

  • A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. In the General Election, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation, may exercise their right to vote for federal, state and local races, judicial retentions, statewide proposed constitutional amendments and local referendums on the General Election ballot.

When is the 2018 General Election?

  • Florida’s General Election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Registered voters can vote-by-mail (absentee), vote during early voting, or vote at the polls on Election Day.

Who can vote in the General Election?

  • All registered Florida voters, regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation, may exercise their right to vote in the General Election. The Department of State prepares statistical reports (bookclosing reports) that show the total number of active registered voters statewide as of the registration deadline for the General Election. The total number of active registered voters in Florida as of October 9, 2018 was 13,278,070. For other voter registration data, please visit the Division of Elections website.

How do voters get notified if a candidate withdraws or is ordered removed from the ballot?

  • If a candidate withdraws, passes away or is ordered removed from the ballot after the ballots have already been printed, the name remains on the ballot. However, the Supervisor of Elections will post withdrawal notices in the voters' booths at the polling location and include a notice with all vote-by-mail ballots subsequently prepared after the notice of withdrawal or court order.

What kinds of ID are accepted at the Polling Place?

  • Under Florida law, whether during early voting or on Election Day, voters will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature at the polls. Any one of the following 12 IDs will be accepted:
    • Florida driver’s license
    • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
    • United States passport
    • Debit or credit card
    • Military identification
    • Student identification
    • Retirement center identification
    • Neighborhood association identification
    • Public assistance identification
    • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
    • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.
  • If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. If you do not bring proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.



Florida Department of State

Division of Elections

Room 316, R.A.Gray Building, 500 S.Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
1.850.245.6200