Your guide to voting in the 2016 presidential election

MIAMI (WSVN) - Wednesday, Oct. 12., is the last day to register to vote for our next president of the United States in Florida. If the process seems daunting, it’s way simpler than you think, and if you think you might already be registered to vote, but aren’t sure, click here.

Also, if you’re a Floridian who is living or attending college in another state, we will explain your process to vote via an absentee mail ballot, below.

How to register to vote:

Step 1: Download and print the voter registration form by clicking here.

Step 2: Fill out the form (you can either fill in the application online and print, or fill in the application using a black ballpoint pen)

Step 3: If you’ve never voted in Florida, you must provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document showing your name and address

Step 4: Send the form:

  • Your completed application must be postmarked by Oct. 11 and mailed to:
  • The Florida Division of Elections
    Room 316, R.A. Gray Building
    500 South Bronough St.
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

You can also submit the form to any County Supervisor of Elections, any Florida driver’s license office or tax collector’s office that issues driver’s licenses and/or Florida ID cards, any “voter registration agency” where you get services, any office that primarily serves persons with disabilities, any military recruitment office, or any public library.

Once again, if you think you may already be registered to vote, but aren’t sure, check in less than a minute online by clicking here.

How to vote in person:

Step 1: Vote early (Oct. 24-Nov. 6)

  • Depending on the dates set by your county, early voting in Florida starts between Oct. 24 and Oct. 29 and ends on either Nov. 5 or Nov. 6 (bring a valid form of ID such as your Florida driver’s license, your passport, your Florida ID card, student ID, military ID, etc.)

Step 2: Vote on Election Day (Nov. 8)

  • Polls are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. If you’re in line by 7 p.m., you’re allowed to vote (bring a valid form of ID such as your Florida driver’s license, your passport, your Florida ID card, student ID, military ID, etc.)

How to vote when you’re out-of-state via absentee mail ballot:

Step 1: If you’re registered to vote in Florida, you can vote by absentee mail ballot.

Step 2: Apply for your mail ballot online, or request a ballot by contacting your County Supervisor of Elections by email, fax, mail, or phone.

  • Include the following information if you send it a written request:
    Name
    Address
    Birthday
    Signature
  • Submit your request so it’s received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov 2.

Step 3: Vote!

  • Once you receive your mail ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope.
  • Attach a copy of an accepted ID, if required.
  • Mail your ballot to the address on the return envelope, so it’s received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov 8.
  • Check the status of your ballot on myflorida.com.

That’s it! Congratulations, Floridian. You’re now exercising your constitutional right to vote for our next president of the United States.

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