It’s Time to Register!

By Leilani Monterde, Student Ambassador, Mi Voto, Mi Futuro Campaign 

Incoming voters! It’s time to registe: the deadline to register to vote is October 5th! Luckily, there are two ways you can register to vote. One is through an online form and another is through a hard copy form. Both are easy and quick to fill out. All the information you need is your Florida Identification Card (Florida ID Card)/Florida Driver’s License and the last four digits of your social security number.

First Things First

Before we get into how to register to vote, we must first establish the eligibility requirements. In order to vote in Florida, you must be a:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Florida Resident
  • 18 years old or older. (However, if you are over the age of 16, you can still pre-register to vote.)

You will not be eligible to vote if you do not meet any one of the above requirements, and/or if you have been:

  • Convicted of a felony and do not have your voting rights restored
  • or have been found to be mentally incapacitated by a court and do not have your voting rights restored

What’s Next

Okay! So now that we know you are eligible, it is time to register! The first way to register is through an online application. Here are the steps to register in Florida through this method:

  1. Go to registertovoteflorida.gov.
  2. Click on “Register or update”. It is a blue button that should be in the center of your screen under “Welcome!”.
  3. Here, you will find the Eligibility portion of the application. This part double checks to make sure you are eligible to register to vote. Then press “Continue” when finished.
  4. Under the “This Is” part, you will want to check off “New Registration”.
  5. Follow the instructions given and fill out the “Personal Identification Information” part.
  6. When you are finished, press “Continue”. Fill out the following sections and press “Continue” when finished.
  7. Review to make sure all of your information is correct. Read over and check off the “Oath” to submit. If you want to edit anything before submitting, do so by clicking the “Edit” button.

If you do not have a Florida Identification Card/Florida Driver’s License you can still use this application, the submission process will just be different. The first 6 steps are the same as before, but the highlighted portion is different:

  1. Go to registertovoteflorida.gov.
  2. Click on “Register or update”. It is a blue button that should be in the center of your screen under “Welcome!”.
  3. Here you will find the Eligibility portion of the application. This part double checks to make sure you are eligible to register to vote. Then press “Continue” when finished.
  4. Under the “This Is” part, you will want to check off “New Registration”.
  5. Follow the instructions given and fill out the “Personal Identification Information” part.
  6. When you are finished press “Continue”. Fill out the following sections and press “Continue” when finished.
  7. Next, review the information, and press “ Print Paper Application” when finished. 
  8. Print out the form and make sure you sign it in the “SIGN/MARK HERE” box.
  9. Lastly, you will need to either mail or hand deliver your application to your county’s Supervisor of Elections office. 

Here are the addresses and contact information for the Supervisor of Elections offices in Manatee and Sarasota counties:

Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office

600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton FL 34205

Mailing: PO Box 1000, Bradenton FL 34206-1000

Tel: 941-741-3823.

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office

Terrace Building 101 South Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL, 34236

Tel: 941.861.8600

One More Very Important Thing

If you are a first-time voter in Florida, and have not been issued a Florida Identification Card/Driver’s License, then you need to add one of the following to your application:

  • A COPY of an identification card you own that has your name and a picture of you (Ex: Student ID, passport, credit or debit card, etc.).
  • Or a COPY of an identification that includes your home address and name (Ex. Bills, checks, government document)

You need to send one COPY that proves your identification to your county’s Supervisor of Elections office (above).

The second way to register is through a hard copy form. If you live in Manatee County, the Mi Voto, Mi Futuro campaign can send you a form, directly, in the mail. The form will come with a stamped and addressed envelope to Manatee County’s Supervisor of Elections Office, so you can mail in your registration. If you would like us to send you a hard copy application, email us at [email protected] requesting this. If you live in Sarasota County, you will need to pick up a hard copy at the Supervisor of Elections office.

That’s all there is to it! You should receive your Voter Information Card in the mail soon after registering. To find more information about registering, voting by mail, and election day click here: https://unidosnow.org/vote/ 

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