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2018 Primary Election
August 28, 2018
Official Election Results

Timeline for Reporting and Certification of Election Results (Español)

The timeline for county canvassing boards to report results and to conduct any possible recounts for federal, state and multicounty races ordered by the Secretary of State, are as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018: Preliminary Election Night Returns (all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results) are due no later than 7:30 PM in the respective county’s time zone and in 45-minute increments (precinct election results) thereafter until all results (except for provisional ballots) are completely reported.

  • Friday, August 31, 2018: Unofficial Returns are due no later than noon on the 3rd day after the Primary Election. The Secretary of State will order a machine recount if the 1st set of unofficial returns indicates that by a margin of ½ of 1% or less of the total votes cast, a candidate for office was eliminated or defeated, a candidate or retention for judicial office was retained or not retained, or an issue was approved or rejected.

  • Sunday, September 2, 2018: If a machine recount is ordered, Second Unofficial Returns are due no later than 3:00 PM on the 5th day after the Primary Election. The Secretary of State will order a manual recount if the 2nd set of unofficial returns indicates that by a margin of ¼ of 1% or less of the total votes cast, a candidate for office was eliminated or defeated, a candidate or retention for judicial office was retained or not retained, or an issue was approved or rejected.

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018: Official Returns are due no later than 5:00 PM on the 7th day after the Primary Election.
The Elections Canvassing Commission meets on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM to certify the Official Returns for federal, state, and multicounty and district offices.

For detailed information about the outcome of county, municipal and other local races, please contact the respective county Supervisor of Elections office.



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