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Voter Toolkit

Received a vote-by-mail ballot but leery about putting 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)

Want to track your mail ballot? Visit MakeAPlanToVote.com/check  to track your mail ballot throughout the process.

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 will be making many important decisions on the 2020 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.

Election 2020 resources

2020 Election Dates

2020 General Election

September 24Vote-by-Mail begins*
October 5Voter Registration deadline
October 24Early voting begins^
October 31Early voting ends^
November 3General 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 voting. 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 2020 elections (see above).

Checking your voter status is easy and can be done online through:

If you are not able to find your information should 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. Request your Vote-By-Mail ballot today

There are several ways to vote, but each year more Floridians are requesting Vote-by-Mail ballots.  Why vote by mail?

  • Take your time researching and making your voting decisions
  • Vote on your schedule, no risk of waiting in lines
  • Make sure your vote counts!

Voting by mail is safe, convenient and the easiest way to participate in an election. Best of all, your request will cover all elections throughout the year. 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 or at MakeAPlanToVote.com/early (en español)

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 7:00 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.

Florida Senate

DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
SD 1No recommendationEscambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
SD 3Ausley, Loranne (DEM)Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
SD 5Jennifer Bradley (REP)Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, Union
SD 7Travis Hutson (REP)Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia
SD 9No recommendationSeminole,Volusia
SD 11Bracy, Randolph (DEM)Orange
SD 13Stewart, Linda (DEM)Orange
SD 15Torres Jr, Victor M. (DEM)Osceola, Orange
SD 17No recommendationBrevard, Indian River
SD 19Rouson, Darryl Ervin (DEM)Hillsborough, Pinellas
SD 21No recommendationHillsborough, Manatee
SD 23No recommendationCharlotte, Sarasota
SD 25No recommendationMartin, Palm Beach, St Lucie
SD 27No recommendationLee
SD 29Polsky, Tina (DEM)Broward, Palm Beach
SD 31Berman, Lori (DEM)Palm Beach
SD 33Thurston Jr, Perry E. (DEM)Primary OnlyBroward
Please note: Perry Thurston was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
SD 35Jones, Shevrin "Shev" (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
SD 37Rodriguez, Jose Javier (DEM)Miami-Dade
SD 39Fernandez, Javier E. (DEM)Monroe, Miami-Dade
DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
SD 1No recommendationEscambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
SD 3Ausley, Loranne (DEM)Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
SD 5Jennifer Bradley (REP)Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, Union
SD 7Travis Hutson (REP)Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia
SD 9No recommendationSeminole,Volusia
SD 11Bracy, Randolph (DEM)Orange
SD 13Stewart, Linda (DEM)Orange
SD 15Torres Jr, Victor M. (DEM)Osceola, Orange
SD 17No recommendationBrevard, Indian River
SD 19Rouson, Darryl Ervin (DEM)Hillsborough, Pinellas
SD 21No recommendationHillsborough, Manatee
SD 23No recommendationCharlotte, Sarasota
SD 25No recommendationMartin, Palm Beach, St Lucie
SD 27No recommendationLee
SD 29Polsky, Tina (DEM)Broward, Palm Beach
SD 31Berman, Lori (DEM)Palm Beach
SD 33Thurston Jr, Perry E. (DEM)Primary OnlyBroward
Please note: Perry Thurston was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
SD 35Jones, Shevrin "Shev" (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
SD 37Rodriguez, Jose Javier (DEM)Miami-Dade
SD 39Fernandez, Javier E. (DEM)Monroe, Miami-Dade

Florida House of Representatives

DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
HD 1No recommendationEscambia
HD 2No recommendationEscambia, Santa Rosa
HD 3No recommendationEscambia, Santa Rosa
HD 4No recommendationOkaloosa
HD 5Elected without oppostionBay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington
HD 6No recommendationBay
HD 7No recommendationCalhoun, Franklin, Gulg, Jefferson, Layfayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
HD 8Alexander, Ramon (DEM) *Gadsden, Leon
HD 9Tant, Allison (DEM)Leon
HD 10No recommendationAlachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee
HD 11Hicks, Joshua (DEM)Nassau, Duval
HD 12No recommendationDuval
HD 13Davis, Tracie (DEM)Primary OnlyDuval
Please note: Tracie Davis was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 14Nixon, Angie (DEM)Duval
HD 15No recommendationDuval
HD 16No recommendationDuval
HD 17Rogers, Dave (DEM)St. Johns
HD 18Sam Garrison (REP)Clay
HD 19No recommendationBradford, Clay, Putnam, Union
HD 20No opposition, elected in PrimaryAlachua, Marion
HD 21Enneking, Kayser (DEM)Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist
HD 22No recommendationLevy, Marion
HD 23No recommendationMarion
HD 24No recommendationFlagler, St. Johns, Volusia
HD 25No recommendationVolusia
HD 26No recommendationVolusia
HD 27Guzman, Dolores (DEM)Volusia
HD 28Baker, Pasha (DEM)Seminole
HD 29Kagan, Tracey (DEM)Seminole
HD 30Goff-Marcil, Joy (DEM)Orange, Seminole
HD 31No recommendationLake, Orange
HD 32No recommendationLake
HD 33No recommendationLake, Marion, Sumter
HD 34No recommendationCitrus, Hernando
HD 35No recommendationHernando
HD 36No recommendationPasco
HD 37No recommendationPasco
HD 38No recommendationPasco
HD 39No recommendationOsceola, Polk
HD 40No recommendationPolk
HD 41No recommendationPolk
HD 42No recommendationOsceola, Polk
HD 43No opposition, elected in PrimaryOsceola
HD 44Thompson, Geraldine F. (DEM)Orange
HD 45Brown, Kamia L. (DEM) *Orange
HD 46Elected without oppostionOrange
HD 47Eskamani, Anna V. (DEM)Orange
HD 48Morales, Daisy (DEM)Orange
HD 49Smith, Carlos Guillermo (DEM)Orange
HD 50Plasencia, Rene "Coach P" (REP)Brevard, Orange
HD 51No recommendationBrevard
HD 52No recommendationBrevard
HD 53No recommendationBrevard
HD 54No recommendationIndian River, St. Lucie
HD 55No recommendationGlades, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie
HD 56No recommendationDeSoto, Hardee, Polk
HD 57No recommendationHillsborough
HD 58No recommendationHillsborough
HD 59Learned, Andrew (DEM)Hillsborough
HD 60No recommendationHillsborough
HD 61Hart, Dianne "Ms. Dee" (DEM) *Hillsborough
HD 62No recommendationHillsborough
HD 63Driskell, Fentrice (DEM) *Hillsborough
HD 64Harrington, Jessica (DEM)Hillsborough, Pinellas
HD 65No recommendationPinellas
HD 66No recommendationPinellas
HD 67No recommendationPinellas
HD 68Diamond, Ben (DEM)Pinellas
HD 69Webb, Jennifer N. (DEM)Pinellas
HD 70Rayner, Michele K. (DEM)Primary OnlyHillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas , Sarasota
Please note: Michele K. Rayner was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 71No recommendationManatee, Sarasota
HD 72No recommendationSarasota
HD 73No recommendationManatee, Sarasota
HD 74No recommendationSarasota
HD 75No recommendationCharlotte
HD 76No recommendationLee
HD 77No recommendationLee
HD 78No recommendationLee
HD 79No recommendationLee
HD 80No recommendationCollier, Hendry
HD 81Skidmore, Kelly (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 82No recommendationMartin, Palm Beach
HD 83No recommendationMartin, St. Lucie
HD 84Hogan Johnson, Delores (DEM)St. Lucie
HD 85No recommendationPalm Beach
HD 86Willhite, Matt (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 87Silvers, David (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 88Hardy, Omari (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 89Bonfiglio, Jim (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 90Casello, Joseph A. (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 91Slosberg, Emily Ann (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 92No recommendationBroward
HD 93No recommendationBroward
HD 94DuBose, Bobby (DEM)Primary OnlyBroward
Please note: Bobby DuBose was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 95No opposition, elected in PrimaryPrimary OnlyBroward
HD 96No opposition, elected in PrimaryBroward
HD 97Daley, Dan (DEM) *Broward
HD 98Gottlieb, Michael (DEM) *Broward
HD 99Jenne, Evan (DEM) *Broward
HD 100Geller, Joseph "Joe" (DEM) *Broward, Miami-Dade
HD 101Woodson, Marie (DEM)Broward
HD 102No opposition, elected in PrimaryBroward, Miami-Dade
HD 103Polo, Cindy (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
HD 104Bartleman, Robin (DEM)Broward
HD 105Maureen Porras (DEM)Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade
HD 106No recommendationCollier
HD 107No opposition, elected in PrimaryMiami-Dade
HD 108Joseph, Dotie (DEM)Primary OnlyMiami-Dade
Please note: Dotie Joseph was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 109Elected without oppostionMiami-Dade
HD 110Annette Collazo (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 111No recommendationMiami-Dade
HD 112Duran, Nicholas Xavier (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 113Grieco, Michael (DEM) *Miami-Dade
HD 114Bado, Jean-Pierre (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 115Aloupis, Vance (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 116No recommendationMiami-Dade
HD 117Chambliss, Kevin (DEM)Primary OnlyMiami-Dade
Please note: Kevin Chambliss was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 118Rodrigues, Anthony (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 119Fernandez-Barquin, Juan (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 120No recommendationMiami-Dade, Monroe
DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
HD 1No recommendationEscambia
HD 2No recommendationEscambia, Santa Rosa
HD 3No recommendationEscambia, Santa Rosa
HD 4No recommendationOkaloosa
HD 5Elected without oppostionBay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington
HD 6No recommendationBay
HD 7No recommendationCalhoun, Franklin, Gulg, Jefferson, Layfayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
HD 8Alexander, Ramon (DEM) *Gadsden, Leon
HD 9Tant, Allison (DEM)Leon
HD 10No recommendationAlachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee
HD 11Hicks, Joshua (DEM)Nassau, Duval
HD 12No recommendationDuval
HD 13Davis, Tracie (DEM)Primary OnlyDuval
Please note: Tracie Davis was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 14Nixon, Angie (DEM)Duval
HD 15No recommendationDuval
HD 16No recommendationDuval
HD 17Rogers, Dave (DEM)St. Johns
HD 18Sam Garrison (REP)Clay
HD 19No recommendationBradford, Clay, Putnam, Union
HD 20No opposition, elected in PrimaryAlachua, Marion
HD 21Enneking, Kayser (DEM)Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist
HD 22No recommendationLevy, Marion
HD 23No recommendationMarion
HD 24No recommendationFlagler, St. Johns, Volusia
HD 25No recommendationVolusia
HD 26No recommendationVolusia
HD 27Guzman, Dolores (DEM)Volusia
HD 28Baker, Pasha (DEM)Seminole
HD 29Kagan, Tracey (DEM)Seminole
HD 30Goff-Marcil, Joy (DEM)Orange, Seminole
HD 31No recommendationLake, Orange
HD 32No recommendationLake
HD 33No recommendationLake, Marion, Sumter
HD 34No recommendationCitrus, Hernando
HD 35No recommendationHernando
HD 36No recommendationPasco
HD 37No recommendationPasco
HD 38No recommendationPasco
HD 39No recommendationOsceola, Polk
HD 40No recommendationPolk
HD 41No recommendationPolk
HD 42No recommendationOsceola, Polk
HD 43No opposition, elected in PrimaryOsceola
HD 44Thompson, Geraldine F. (DEM)Orange
HD 45Brown, Kamia L. (DEM) *Orange
HD 46Elected without oppostionOrange
HD 47Eskamani, Anna V. (DEM)Orange
HD 48Morales, Daisy (DEM)Orange
HD 49Smith, Carlos Guillermo (DEM)Orange
HD 50Plasencia, Rene "Coach P" (REP)Brevard, Orange
HD 51No recommendationBrevard
HD 52No recommendationBrevard
HD 53No recommendationBrevard
HD 54No recommendationIndian River, St. Lucie
HD 55No recommendationGlades, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie
HD 56No recommendationDeSoto, Hardee, Polk
HD 57No recommendationHillsborough
HD 58No recommendationHillsborough
HD 59Learned, Andrew (DEM)Hillsborough
HD 60No recommendationHillsborough
HD 61Hart, Dianne "Ms. Dee" (DEM) *Hillsborough
HD 62No recommendationHillsborough
HD 63Driskell, Fentrice (DEM) *Hillsborough
HD 64Harrington, Jessica (DEM)Hillsborough, Pinellas
HD 65No recommendationPinellas
HD 66No recommendationPinellas
HD 67No recommendationPinellas
HD 68Diamond, Ben (DEM)Pinellas
HD 69Webb, Jennifer N. (DEM)Pinellas
HD 70Rayner, Michele K. (DEM)Primary OnlyHillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas , Sarasota
Please note: Michele K. Rayner was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 71No recommendationManatee, Sarasota
HD 72No recommendationSarasota
HD 73No recommendationManatee, Sarasota
HD 74No recommendationSarasota
HD 75No recommendationCharlotte
HD 76No recommendationLee
HD 77No recommendationLee
HD 78No recommendationLee
HD 79No recommendationLee
HD 80No recommendationCollier, Hendry
HD 81Skidmore, Kelly (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 82No recommendationMartin, Palm Beach
HD 83No recommendationMartin, St. Lucie
HD 84Hogan Johnson, Delores (DEM)St. Lucie
HD 85No recommendationPalm Beach
HD 86Willhite, Matt (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 87Silvers, David (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 88Hardy, Omari (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 89Bonfiglio, Jim (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 90Casello, Joseph A. (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 91Slosberg, Emily Ann (DEM)Palm Beach
HD 92No recommendationBroward
HD 93No recommendationBroward
HD 94DuBose, Bobby (DEM)Primary OnlyBroward
Please note: Bobby DuBose was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 95No opposition, elected in PrimaryPrimary OnlyBroward
HD 96No opposition, elected in PrimaryBroward
HD 97Daley, Dan (DEM) *Broward
HD 98Gottlieb, Michael (DEM) *Broward
HD 99Jenne, Evan (DEM) *Broward
HD 100Geller, Joseph "Joe" (DEM) *Broward, Miami-Dade
HD 101Woodson, Marie (DEM)Broward
HD 102No opposition, elected in PrimaryBroward, Miami-Dade
HD 103Polo, Cindy (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
HD 104Bartleman, Robin (DEM)Broward
HD 105Maureen Porras (DEM)Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade
HD 106No recommendationCollier
HD 107No opposition, elected in PrimaryMiami-Dade
HD 108Joseph, Dotie (DEM)Primary OnlyMiami-Dade
Please note: Dotie Joseph was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 109Elected without oppostionMiami-Dade
HD 110Annette Collazo (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 111No recommendationMiami-Dade
HD 112Duran, Nicholas Xavier (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 113Grieco, Michael (DEM) *Miami-Dade
HD 114Bado, Jean-Pierre (DEM)Miami-Dade
HD 115Aloupis, Vance (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 116No recommendationMiami-Dade
HD 117Chambliss, Kevin (DEM)Primary OnlyMiami-Dade
Please note: Kevin Chambliss was elected in the Primary. Faces no General Election.
HD 118Rodrigues, Anthony (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 119Fernandez-Barquin, Juan (REP)Miami-Dade
HD 120No recommendationMiami-Dade, Monroe

U.S. House of Representatives

DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
CD 1No recommendationEscambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
CD 2No recommendationBay, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Marion, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington
CD 3No recommendationAlachua, Bradford, Clay, Marion, Putnam, Union
CD 4Deegan, Donna (DEM)Nassau, Duval, St. Johns
CD 5No recommendationBaker, Columbia, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Madison
CD 6No recommendationFlagler, Lake, St. Johns, Volusia
CD 7Stephanie Murphy (DEM)Orange, Seminole
CD 8No recommendationBrevard, Indian River, Orange
CD 9Soto, Darren (DEM)Orange, Polk
CD 10Demings, Val (DEM)Orange
CD 11No recommendationCitrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Sumter
CD 12No recommendationHillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas
CD 13Crist, Charlie (DEM)Pinellas
CD 14Castor, Kathy (DEM)Hillsborough
CD 15No recommendationHillsborough, Lake, Polk
CD 16Good, Margaret (DEM)Manatee, Hillsborough, Sarasota
CD 17No recommendationCharlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Lee, Okeechobee, Polk, Sarasota
CD 18Vazquez, Oz (DEM)St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach
CD 19No recommendationCollier, Lee
CD 20Hastings, Alcee L. (DEM)Palm Beach , Broward
CD 21Frankel, Lois (DEM)Palm Beach
CD 22Deutch, Ted (DEM)Broward, Palm Beach
CD 23Wasserman Schultz, Debbie (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
CD 24Wilson, Frederica (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
CD 25Diaz-Balart, Mario (REP) *Hendry, Collier, Miami-Dade
CD 26Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie (DEM)Monroe, Miami-Dade 
CD 27Shalala, Donna (DEM)Miami-Dade
DistrictCandidatePrimary OnlyDistrict Coverage
CD 1No recommendationEscambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
CD 2No recommendationBay, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Marion, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington
CD 3No recommendationAlachua, Bradford, Clay, Marion, Putnam, Union
CD 4Deegan, Donna (DEM)Nassau, Duval, St. Johns
CD 5No recommendationBaker, Columbia, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Madison
CD 6No recommendationFlagler, Lake, St. Johns, Volusia
CD 7Stephanie Murphy (DEM)Orange, Seminole
CD 8No recommendationBrevard, Indian River, Orange
CD 9Soto, Darren (DEM)Orange, Polk
CD 10Demings, Val (DEM)Orange
CD 11No recommendationCitrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Sumter
CD 12No recommendationHillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas
CD 13Crist, Charlie (DEM)Pinellas
CD 14Castor, Kathy (DEM)Hillsborough
CD 15No recommendationHillsborough, Lake, Polk
CD 16Good, Margaret (DEM)Manatee, Hillsborough, Sarasota
CD 17No recommendationCharlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Lee, Okeechobee, Polk, Sarasota
CD 18Vazquez, Oz (DEM)St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach
CD 19No recommendationCollier, Lee
CD 20Hastings, Alcee L. (DEM)Palm Beach , Broward
CD 21Frankel, Lois (DEM)Palm Beach
CD 22Deutch, Ted (DEM)Broward, Palm Beach
CD 23Wasserman Schultz, Debbie (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
CD 24Wilson, Frederica (DEM)Broward, Miami-Dade
CD 25Diaz-Balart, Mario (REP) *Hendry, Collier, Miami-Dade
CD 26Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie (DEM)Monroe, Miami-Dade 
CD 27Shalala, Donna (DEM)Miami-Dade

Constitutional Amendments

The following constitutional amendments are on the 2020 General Election ballot in Florida, along with FEA’s position on each.

Additional Resources

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 7:00 pm 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 Vote-By-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 has 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 at MakeAPlantoVote.com/check or through their county supervisor of elections’ website.

Vote-by-Mail Questions and Answers

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 7 -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, long waits and there’s no possibly of coming in contact with the virus at the polls. 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 by calling their county Supervisor of Elections office, mailing a written request, or completing the online form on the Elections website. All you need is name, address, and date of birth.

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.

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.

Check your voter status to avoid any errors, confusion or mishaps that could impact your vote. The state has been working to update the voter files. On occasion mistakes are made. You want to make sure your vote is safe, secure and will be counted.

Articles explains why members need to check their voter status every election cycle:

Yes, Mail ballot requests remain in place for two General election cycles. Once it expires you must submit another request. It can be done by phone, a letter or email, or online on your county Supervisor of Elections website.

You can still vote in person, but you must surrender the mail ballot at your polling site before you vote. The ballot must be cancelled for your vote to count.

TIP: If you choose to vote in person, please wear a mask and gloves, carry sanitizer or wipes. You might want to bring own black felt tip pen to mark your ballot and place your ID in a clear plastic zip lock snack or sandwich bag. 

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 after relocating with the state.

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.