Municipal elections are happening across Florida this spring, offering important chances for many of Florida’s 14.3 million registered ...
Municipal elections are happening across Florida this spring, offering important chances for many of Florida’s 14.3 million registered voters to have a say in the future of their towns, cities and communities.
Among the municipal and local elections being held in March are:
A full list of scheduled local elections is available here. However, voters should check with their county Supervisor of Elections for up-to-date information on the elections occurring in their area.
Voters who typically cast their ballots by mail need to take additional steps after anti-voter legislation canceled standing vote-by-mail requests for every Florida voter after the November 2022 election.
The changes to this popular method of voting – one in three Florida voters cast a mail ballot in the last election – will disproportionately affect Black, Hispanic, disabled, rural and older voters. But voters can submit a new vote-by-mail request through their county supervisor of elections now, and have ballots automatically sent to them for all elections through the end of 2024, said Amy Keith, Common Cause Florida’s program director.
“We need to keep Florida voting and that means making sure you have a plan for how to vote in these upcoming municipal elections,” Keith said. “If you prefer to vote by mail, take a few minutes to renew your request and pass the word on to your family and friends about this recent change to our election laws. We need to make sure all our voices are heard, in each and every election, to be a government that truly is of, by and for the people.”
Voter Information for 2023 Municipal Elections
There are three different ways that registered Florida voters can vote: by mail, in-person at early voting sites in their county, or in-person at their assigned polling location on Election Day. However, it is important to note that early voting is not offered for some municipal elections.
Voters who have any questions about the voting process or encounter problems can contact the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE. The hotline will be staffed live on March 7, March 14 and March 21, with trained volunteers available to support.
Voters who choose to vote by mail must:
Voters can track their mail ballot online to make sure it was received OK. If there is a problem with the voter’s signature on their vote-by-mail ballot, the voter has until 5 p.m. on the second day after Election Day to submit the paperwork to correct their signature.
Note: Common Cause Florida recommends mailing in ballots at least 10 days in advance or dropping signed ballots off in Secure Ballot Intake Stations available at county elections offices and early voting sites during hours of operation.
People can also vote early in-person at county early voting sites.
Those who want to vote in-person on Election Day must:
This release can also be viewed online here.