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Voting Information

Voting is a fundamental process in a democratic system. It is a chance for the citizens of a country to have a say in the people who represent them. Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights.

While America has made significant progress in protecting and expanding voting, tens of millions of eligible voters still do not vote and far too many face explicit or implicit barriers that prevent them from participating in our elections. To be a truly representative democracy, the United States must strive for universal, fully inclusive voting. If we achieve this goal, our elected bodies will better reflect the full diversity of Americans, including the viewpoints of millions of Americans who do not currently have an equal voice in our democracy, which all people deserve. So, too, our diverse communities will be better served by the resulting policy outcomes that are so consequential in everyday life.

We have the chance to shape the future of this country: a future that is more equitable, more inclusive. Register to vote. Get educated on the issues. And when the time comes — VOTE!

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Key Dates

Election Day

  • Primary Election: August 18
  • General Election: November 3

Deadline to Register

  • Primary Election: July 20
  • General Election: October 5

Vote-by-Mail Ballot 'Send' Deadline

For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service member and overseas civilian voters (also known as UOCAVA voters), Supervisors of Elections send the ballots no later than 45 days before an election. The send dates are:

  • Primary Election: July 4
  • General Election: September 19

For domestic voters, Supervisors of Elections send the ballots during a 7-day window between 40 and 33 days before an election. The send dates are:

  • Primary Election: August 8 - 15
  • General Election: September 24 - October 1

Early Voting

By law, early voting must be held at least for 8 days. The mandatory early voting periods are:

  • Primary Election: August 8 - 15
  • General Election: October 24 - 31

Check with Supervisor of Elections for additional days of early voting that may be offered in your county.

Resources

Toolkit

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition: “Go Vote” Toolkit

Supervisor of Elections & Voting Resources (including updates on COVID-19)

Additional Resources

2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.

The results of the U.S. Census in Orange County help determine federal funding for some of our community's services, including hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, housing programs, and emergencies and natural disasters programs. Residents will start receiving Census mail in March and can easily fill out the Census survey online, phone or mail.

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