Elections – Three Ways to Vote
In Florida, you may vote in three ways – in person during early voting, in person on election day, or by absentee ballot. You may vote at any early voting site before election day, but in order for your vote to be counted on election day, you must vote in the precinct to which your residence is assigned. A list of the early voting sites and the dates and times of poll opening and closing will be listed on the Elections Department website before the election: http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_early.asp.
If you have moved
If you have moved since you registered to vote and have not changed your address with the Department of Elections, click here to determine the precinct for your new address: http://wwwstage3.miamidade.gov/elections/precinct-finder.asp, or call 305-375-4600.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
To obtain an absentee ballot, contact the Department of Elections at 305-499-8444, or go to: http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_absentee.asp. Your request for an absentee ballot must be signed and received by the Elections Department no later than noon on the 4th calendar day prior to the election. E-mailed or faxed requests are NOT accepted unless the ballot is to be mailed overseas.
If you vote by absentee ballot, make sure to return it to the Elections Department by U.S. mail or by hand delivery. If you take it to the Elections Department yourself, you must bring photo and signature ID. If someone else is picking it up or returning it for you, there are special instructions that you’ll need to follow.
The absentee ballot must be received by the Elections Department no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day. Do NOT drop your completed absentee ballot off at a polling place; it won’t be counted! If you have questions about absentee voting, call the Miami-Dade Elections Department at 305-375-5858.
What if I have a Past Felony Conviction?
If you have been convicted of a felony and are not on appeal or have exhausted all appeals, you should not register to vote until you have had your civil rights, including your right to vote, restored. If you are already registered, you should not vote until you have had your civil rights restored.
To have your civil rights restored, you need to apply to the Office of Executive Clemency. For help in restoring your civil rights, please contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, 786-363-2731 or http://www.restorerights.org/
All upcoming elections scheduled to take place within Miami-Dade County are listed by year on the Elections Department website. Sample ballots are also available there. In order to participate in an election, voters must be registered by the book closing date listed in these calendars.