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Here are some last-minute reminders and frequently asked questions as we approach Election Day on Tuesday, November 8:
How should I return my vote-by-mail ballot this close to election day?
Regardless of postmark, ballots must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Therefore — at this late date — if you still have you vote-by-mail ballot you should not put it back in the mail.
Instead, vote-by-mail ballots may be deposited into:
• secure drop boxes at any early voting location during the hours early voting is open, or
• secure drop boxes at your county’s supervisor of elections‘ main and branch offices until 7 p.m. (local time) on Election Day.
Be sure to sign and date the ballot where it requires!
What if I change my mind about voting by mail and want to vote in person?
A voter who has requested a ballot may change his or her mind and vote in person — either early or on election day.
How can I track my vote-by-mail ballot?
I’ve tracked my vote-by-mail ballot, but there’s a problem. What do I Do?
If there is an issue with a missing or mismatched signature, please contact your local supervisor of elections immediately. Voters would need to cure their ballot with their elections office no later than 5 pm on Nov. 10.
I’m going to vote in-person on Tuesday, November 8. Where do i vote?
Visit your local Supervisor of Elections website to find your Election Day (November 8) polling location.
What do I do if i’m in line to vote when polls close at 7 p.m.?
The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.
In the Voter Toolkit
The 2022 election is underway now through Nov. 8, and education is on the ballot. It is essential that candidates who support public education are elected at all levels of government.
The good news? FEA members vote at a higher rate than the average Floridian.
The even better news? Parents and voters trust what teachers and education staff professionals say is best for our public schools. They know that educators, not politicians, should be making classroom decisions to ensure student success.
FEA members are making many important decisions on the 2022 ballot that will affect our students, our schools and our communities for years. On this page we’ve collected resources to help you make those decisions.
If you still have a vote-by-mail ballot you should not put it back in the mail. Take your voted ballot to any one of your county’s early vote locations and put it in a secure VBM drop box (be sure to sign and date the ballot where it requires)! Visit DeliverYourVote.com for a full list of drop off locations (en español).
Or vote in person on Tuesday, November 3.
Want to track your mail ballot? Visit MakeAPlanToVote.com/check to track your mail ballot throughout the process.
2022 Election Dates
2022 General Election
|Sept. 29||Vote-by-Mail begins*|
|Oct. 11||Voter registration deadline|
|Oct. 29||Early voting begins^|
|Nov. 5||Early voting ends^|
|Nov. 8||General Election Day|
* County elections officials may start sending ballots on the date shown. They will continue to send ballots up until the Friday before Election Day. Check with your county election officials for a more specific schedule.
^ Some counties will offer additional days of early voting starting Oct. 24 and ending on Nov. 6. Check with your county election officials for a more specific schedule and a list of early voting sites.
Make a Plan to Vote
1. Check your voter registration
To avoid problems at the polls, FEA is urging all union members to regularly check and update their voter status before the registration deadlines for the 2022 elections (see above).
Checking your voter status is easy and can be done online through:
- The Florida Division of Elections Voter Information Lookup page
- Or your county Supervisor of Elections
If you are not able to find your information, contact your county Supervisor of Elections office or call the Division of Elections’ Voter Assistance hotline at (866) 308-6739 to report the problem.
2. Decide how you will vote
A. Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot
If you requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot before the Oct. 29 deadline, be sure to return your ballot as soon as possible. FEA recommends that ballots no longer be returned by mail after Tuesday, Oct 25.
Instead you can drop off your completed ballot at your local supervisor of elections office or in a designated dropbox.
To find out where you can return your ballot, visit the Division of Elections or your local Supervisor of Elections office.
B. Early voting
More and more voters are choosing to vote during early voting weeks. You can find out when and where early voting is taking place by visiting your local Supervisor of Elections office.
C. Voting on Election Day
You can find information on your polling location at your local Supervisor of Elections office.
The polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.
At your designated polling location, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:
- Florida driver’s license or ID card
- United States passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association identification
- Public assistance identification
- Veteran health identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
- License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
- Government employee identification card
If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.
FEA’s Voter Guide
FEA endorsed candidates
The Florida Education Association makes candidate endorsements utilizing research, local input and a democratic process. The endorsements are based upon education issues.
Candidate endorsements are based upon a commitment to our neighborhood public schools, colleges and universities, our students and to the people who work in public education.
How you vote is a personal decision. As an educator, exercising your right and responsibility to vote is paramount duty to your students and your community. When educators vote, students win!
To find which Congressional, Florida House or Florida Senate district you live in please (1) refer to your voter registration card or (2) contact your local Supervisor of Elections office.
(Endorsement for Nov. 8 General Election)
Along with the Florida AFL-CIO, the Florida Education Association endorses Charlie Crist as the next governor of Florida. Throughout his political career, Crist has been a strong supporter of Florida’s students and public schools. As governor, he stood up to defend teachers from destructive legislation affecting their salaries, evaluations and job security, vetoing SB 6 in 2010. A year later, the changes in SB 6 passed and became law, setting Florida on the path toward the massive teacher shortage that we see today.
After he is elected as governor this fall, Crist pledges to fully fund public schools to ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed. To address staffing shortages, Crist will:
- Fight to increase average teacher salaries, for both new teachers and for the experienced educators who have been penalized under current laws affecting pay.
- Increase educator retention by allowing experienced teachers to earn multi-year contracts instead of facing termination annually.
- Take practical steps to strengthen the teacher pipeline so that our districts can recruit more educators.
- Value teachers and support staff, and work to develop policies that recognize their worth.
Local School Boards run-offs (Endorsements for Nov. 8 General Election)
Candidates listed in bold are endorsed.
|County||Candidate(s) and District(s)|
|Brevard||Erin Dunne (District 2)|
|Broward||Rodney Velez (District 1), Jeff Holness (District 5), Steve Julian (District 6), Donna Korn (District 8)|
|Collier||Joy Westberry (District 1), Jen Mitchell (District 3), Roy Terry (District 5)|
|Flagler||Courtney VandeBunte (District 2)|
|Hernando||Kay Hatch (District 1), Susan Duval (District 5)|
|Indian River||Cindy Gibbs (District 2)|
|Lake||Tyler Brandeburg (District 2)|
|Lee||Kathy Fanny (District 1), Debra Jordan (District 4)|
|Leon||Alexander Stemle (District 4)|
|Manatee||Harold Byrd (District 2)|
|Nassau||Shannon Hogue (District 1), Curtis Gaus (District 3)|
|Orange||Heather Ashby (District 2), Michael Daniels (District 3)|
|Osceola||Will Fonseca (District 4)|
|Pasco||James Washington (District 1)|
|Palm Beach||Marcia Andrews (District 6), Edwin Ferguson (District 7)|
|Pinellas||Dr. Keesha Benson (District 3), Brian Martin (District 6)|
|Polk||Lisa Miller (District 7)|
|Seminole||Autumn Garick (District 5)|
|St. Johns||Lauren Abell (District 3)|
Local School Funding Referendums
(Endorsements for Nov. 8 General Election)
Referendums listed in bold are endorsed.
|County||Renewal or New||Primary Only||Intended Use|
|Charlotte||Renewal||Salaries and Operations|
|Franklin||Renewals (2 referenda)||Salaries; School Operations|
|Wakulla||New||School Safety, Security, and Operations|
Candidates listed in bold are endorsed in the Nov. 8 General Election.
|District||Candidate||Primary Only||Primary Notes|
|SD 1||No action taken|
|SD 2||No action taken|
|SD 3||Loranne Ausely|
|SD 4||No action taken|
|SD 5||Tracie Davis|
|SD 6||Elected without opposition|
|SD 7||No action taken|
|SD 8||No action taken|
|SD 9||No action taken|
|SD 10||Joy Goff-Marcil|
|SD 11||No action taken|
|SD 12||No action taken|
|SD 13||No action taken|
|SD 14||Janet Cruz|
|SD 15||Race decided in Primary, No general election|
|SD 16||Darryl Rouson|
|SD 17||Linda Stewart|
|SD 18||Eunic Ortiz|
|SD 19||Elected without opposition|
|SD 20||Race decided in Primary, No general election|
|SD 21||Ed Hooper|
|SD 22||Joe Gruters||elected in Primary - no general election|
|SD 23||No action taken|
|SD 24||Bobby Powell Jr|
|SD 25||Victor Torres Jr|
|SD 26||Lori Berman|
|SD 27||No action taken|
|SD 28||Elected without opposition|
|SD 29||Elected without opposition|
|SD 30||Tina Polsky|
|SD 31||Elected without opposition|
|SD 32||Rosalind Osgood||elected without opposition|
|SD 33||No action taken|
|SD 34||Shevrin Jones||elected in Primary - no general election|
|SD 35||Lauren Book||elected in Primary - no general election|
|SD 36||No action taken|
|SD 37||Jason Pizzo||elected without opposition|
|SD 38||Janelle Perez|
|SD 39||Elected without opposition|
|SD 40||Elected without opposition|
Florida House of Representatives
Candidates listed in bold are endorsed in the Nov. 8 General Election.
|HD 1||No action taken|
|HD 2||No action taken|
|HD 3||No action taken|
|HD 4||Elected without opposition|
|HD 5||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 6||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 7||Elected without oppostion|
|HD 8||No action taken|
|HD 9||Allison Tant||Elected without opposition|
|HD 10||Elected without opposition|
|HD 11||No action taken|
|HD 12||Elected without opposition|
|HD 13||Angie Nixon|
|HD 14||No action taken|
|HD 15||No action taken|
|HD 16||No action taken|
|HD 17||No action taken|
|HD 18||Elected without opposition|
|HD 19||No action taken|
|HD 20||Elected without opposition|
|HD 21||Yvonne Hinson|
|HD 22||Brandon Peters|
|HD 23||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 24||Elected without opposition|
|HD 25||No action taken|
|HD 26||No action taken|
|HD 27||Elected without opposition|
|HD 28||No action taken|
|HD 29||No action taken|
|HD 30||No action taken|
|HD 31||Elected without opposition|
|HD 32||Elected without opposition|
|HD 33||No action taken|
|HD 34||No action taken|
|HD 35||Fred Hawkins|
|HD 36||No action taken|
|HD 37||Carlos Guillermo Smith|
|HD 38||Sarah Henry|
|HD 39||Tiffany Hughes|
|HD 40||LaVon Bracy Davis|
|HD 41||Bruce Antone|
|HD 42||Anna Eskamani|
|HD 43||Johanna Lopez|
|HD 44||Jennifer Harris||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 45||Allie Braswell|
|HD 46||Kristen Arrington|
|HD 47||No action taken|
|HD 48||Elected without opposition|
|HD 49||Elected without opposition|
|HD 50||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 51||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 52||No action taken|
|HD 53||No action taken|
|HD 54||No action taken|
|HD 55||No action taken|
|HD 56||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 57||Elected without opposition|
|HD 58||No action taken|
|HD 59||No action taken|
|HD 60||Lindsay Cross|
|HD 61||No action taken|
|HD 62||Michele Rayner|
|HD 63||Elected without opposition|
|HD 64||Susan Valdes|
|HD 65||Jen McDonald|
|HD 66||No action taken|
|HD 67||Fentrice Driskell|
|HD 68||No action taken|
|HD 69||Andrew Learned|
|HD 70||No action taken|
|HD 71||Elected without opposition|
|HD 72||No action taken|
|HD 73||No action taken|
|HD 74||Elected without opposition|
|HD 75||Elected without opposition|
|HD 76||Elected without opposition|
|HD 77||No action taken|
|HD 78||No action taken|
|HD 79||Elected without opposition|
|HD 80||No action taken|
|HD 81||Elected without opposition|
|HD 82||Elected without opposition|
|HD 83||Elected without opposition|
|HD 84||No action taken|
|HD 85||No action taken|
|HD 86||No action taken|
|HD 87||No action taken|
|HD 88||Jervonte Edmonds|
|HD 89||David Silvers|
|HD 90||Joseph Casello|
|HD 91||Andy Thomson|
|HD 92||Kelly Skidmore|
|HD 93||No action taken|
|HD 94||No action taken|
|HD 95||Christine Hunschofsky||Elected without opposition|
|HD 96||Dan Daley|
|HD 97||Race decided in primary - no general election|
|HD 98||Patricia Hawkins-Williams||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 99||Daryl Campbell||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 100||Linda Thompson Gonzalez|
|HD 101||Hillary Cassel|
|HD 102||Michael Gottlieb||Elected without opposition|
|HD 103||Robin Bartleman|
|HD 104||Felicia Robinson||Elected without opposition|
|HD 105||Marie Woodson|
|HD 106||Jordan Leonard|
|HD 107||Christopher Benjamin||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 108||Dottie Jospeh||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 109||Ashely Gantt||Race decided in primary, no general election|
|HD 110||Elected without opposition|
|HD 111||Elected without opposition|
|HD 112||Elected without opposition|
|HD 113||Alessandro "A.J. D'Amico|
|HD 114||No action taken|
|HD 115||No action taken|
|HD 116||Daniel Perez||Elected without opposition|
|HD 117||Kevin Chambliss||Elected without opposition|
|HD 118||Juan Ferenandez-Barquin|
|HD 119||No action taken|
|HD 120||No action taken|
Florida Supreme Court Justices
Of the five justices are on the ballot, only Justice Jorge Labarga, should receive a “YES” vote for retention.
The remaining four justices: Charles Canady, John Couriel, Jamie Grosshans, and Ricky Polston are out of touch with FEA’s core values, therefore we recommend all be “NO” for retentions.
The following constitutional amendments are on the 2022 General Election ballot in Florida, along with FEA’s position on each.
Vote-by-Mail (VBM) or mail ballot, formerly called an ‘absentee’ ballot
- Vote-by-Mail ballots MUST be received in the Supervisor of Elections office not later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election.
- If you make a mistake, do not cross out or erase or use White-out™. Contact the election office and request a new ballot.
- If for some reason you have obtained a Vote-by-Mail ballot but wish to vote at an early voting location or at your precinct on Election Day, take the mail ballot with you to the polls. If you don’t take the ballot with you to be cancelled, you may be instructed to vote a provisional ballot.
- Voting by mail is safe, convenient and the easiest way to participate in an election when voters take the time to ensure their voter information and signature have been updated. Always check your voter status during each election cycle.
- Tracking your Vote-by-Mail ballot: Any voter who has requested a mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through their county Supervisor of Elections’ website.
Vote-by-Mail Questions and Answers
Bold and underlining in an answer indicates information that has been recently updated to reflect changes to election law since the 2020 election cycle. Be sure to pay special attention to that information.
Encourage members to make early VBM requests to provide plenty of time to review, complete and return their ballot. The recommendation is to return the mail ballot for it to arrive at their county elections office at least seven to 10 days before the election. This allows for time to verify, on the Supervisor of Elections website or by phone, the arrival and status of the voted ballot. If there’s an error, such as a signature that doesn’t match the one in the member’s voter file, or a change of address, the member would have time to contact the Supervisor of Elections to update their voter file and ensure their vote counts. Do not wait until the final two weeks before the election to request a mail ballot.
It’s extremely convenient and no different than voting in person — except voters complete their ballots in the privacy and safety of their homes. No long lines or long waits, and you can vote from the comfort of home. Members can apply for a mail ballot today. As we move closer to Election Day, the election office will mail a ballot to their home. Members can request their ballot by calling their county Supervisor of Elections office, mailing a written request or completing the online form on the elections website. To make the request, you need your name, address, date of birth and your driver’s license/state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
Voting by mail has existed in Florida for a long time. We used to call it an “absentee ballot.” In 2016, Florida changed the name to Vote-by-Mail to ease confusion over who can vote by mail. It’s available to all registered voters, and you don’t need an excuse to receive one. It’s a safe and secure way to cast your ballot. Numerous states have been conducting their elections entirely by mail for years.
Yes. All mail ballots are counted in every election. Starting with elections in 2022, state law requires each elections supervisor to provide live voter turnout data, updated at least once every hour. This information must be available on the supervisor’s website and provided to the State Division of Elections.
Any voter who has requested a mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through their county Supervisor of Elections’ website or at MakeAPlantoVote.com/check.
If you haven’t received your ballot a month before Election Day, check your voting status first on the elections website. If you notice any errors, contact your county election office immediately to remedy the problem and request a new ballot.
- For the primary, check your voter status before the July 25 voter registration deadline.
- For the general election, check your voter status before the Oct. 11 voter registration deadline.
Check your voter status to avoid any errors, confusion or mishaps that could impact your vote.
Even if you are a registered voter in Florida but have not cast an election ballot in your county within the past two election cycles, your name could appear on the state inactive voter list.
Florida’s 67 counties use the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to identify and purge ineligible voters from county rolls. State law requires county election supervisors to conduct a voter maintenance program to provide up-to-date individual records by identifying potential voters who are not registered, individuals who have relocated, have changed their name, or died.
Yes, your vote by mail ballot request is eligible for use during one election cycle, which includes the primary and general elections for that year only. It expires after each general election. Voters will need to request a new mail ballot every year. It can be done by phone, a letter or email, or online on your county Supervisor of Elections website. To make the request, you will need to provide your name, address, date of birth and your driver’s license/state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
You can still vote in person, but you must surrender the mail ballot at your polling site before you vote. When surrendering your mail ballot, you must present your driver’s license/state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number. The ballot must be cancelled for your vote to count.
If you run into a problem at your polling site, you have the right to request a “provisional” ballot.
What Is a Provisional Ballot?
Provisional ballots are used by the elections office to determine whether a person is legally eligible to vote. For example, a provisional ballot is used to cure mismatched signatures; it’s required for voters who fail to update their address with the state after relocating.
Using a provisional ballot does not guarantee your vote. If your voter eligibility cannot be confirmed, your ballot will not be validated. To ensure your vote counts, please take a few moments now to check your voter status online.
Reasons for Provisional Voting
- Voter record cannot be located.
- Voter did not bring proper identification to the polls.
- Voter’s eligibility cannot be verified at the precinct.
- Voter’s eligibility has been challenged.
- Voter is at the incorrect precinct.
- Voter may have already voted in the election.