Frequently Asked Questions: Top Myths About Voting in Florida

There are a lot of rumors and misinformation out there about the voting process. Find all the correct information here!

MYTH #1: If I register to vote, I am automatically entered into the database for local courts' jury pool selection.

FALSE: The Circuit/County Court jury pool database is generated from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles which issues

your driver’s license.

MYTH #2: If I am registered in another state and move to Florida, I do not need to re-register to vote.


FALSE: Currently, voter registration records cannot be transferred from one state to another. Therefore you must re-register

in your new home state by filling out a new voter registration form.

MYTH #3: Even if I have moved recently, I can update my record on Election Day at the polls and still have my

vote counted that same day.

NOT ALWAYS: Under current Florida law, you could be handed a provisional ballot on Election Day if your address is out of date.

Remember, on average, over half of Americans move every 4 years. Call your local Supervisor of Elections office to update your voter

file with any address change information. If you plan to vote by mail, update your signature: your signature is used to verify your

vote-by-mail ballot.

MYTH #4: Even though I have moved, my voter registration is still active.

NOT NECESSARILY: This is particularly problematic if a voter has moved and not forwarded his/her address change to their

Supervisor of Elections. Why? If a voter has not had contact with the Elections Office within two calendar years, they can be

placed on inactive status if they don't respond to special mailings from the Elections Office. If the Supervisor’s office has had

a piece of mail returned (due to an incorrect address) at least two times, a voter will be placed on inactive status.

After 4 years, if no action is taken, a voter record will be removed from the voter rolls. Make it a habit: update your voter record!

MYTH #5: If I plan to vote by mail, I will need to provide a written excuse.

FALSE: Florida is a no-excuse state for requesting and voting by mail. Anyone can vote by mail. In the majority of counties,

ballots can be requested by phone. Remember your absentee ballot request must be renewed after two election cycles.

Florida does not maintain a permanent absentee mailing list.

MYTH #6: I can check my voter registration status online.


TRUE: The League of Women Voters has made it easy. www.BeReadyToVote.org will connect you to the Florida

voter registration database where you can view/update your personal voter information. Or you can contact your local

Supervisor of Elections office. Click here for a listing by county.

MYTH #7: With today’s technology, I can update my voter record online.

NOT ALWAYS: Although address changes can be made online or by phone, changes to your name, signature or

party affiliation must be made by filling out a new registration form. Remember, new registration and party changes

must be made 29 days prior to the next election if you wish to cast a ballot.

MYTH #8: My vote won’t matter.

FALSE: Look no further than the 2000 Presidential election, Bush v. Gore. In 2000, 537 votes in Florida determined

which candidate received Florida’s electoral college votes, thereby winning the Presidency. Remember, 537 votes

is the equivalent to the number of passengers on a jumbo jet. Every vote counts!