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2024 Election Guide

Everything you need to know about voting in the March 19 municipal elections.

Vote by Mail

Love to vote by mail? Who doesn't? It's convenient. There are no lines. And you don't need pants.

 

But ... you do need to request your mail-in ballot by 5 p.m. on MARCH 7 to vote in the municipal elections and — we're looking at you, Ocoee! — on the 13 charter amendments.

 

All on-file requests expired in 2022 as a result of the GOP-backed SB-90. Now, mail-in ballots need to be requested for each general election cycle.  Make your request now, and you're covered through the presidential election in November. Orange County Supervisor of Elections will mail your ballot to you.

 

You can also pick it up yourself or if you’re not able to, you can designate someone to pick it up for you. Find designee pick-up forms and affidavits at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections site. 


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Update your signature

Signatures can change because of age, injury, arthritis. It’s easy to update your signature with a new voter registration application. Mismatched signatures are one of the main reasons mail-in ballots don't get counted. Update yours here to ensure your vote counts. Mail-in ballots with missing signatures on the outside envelop also won’t don’t get counted. Fortunately, voters have two days after the election to “cure” their ballots with this affidavit

Early Voting

Sites for early voting will be open MARCH 4-17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

 

If you are in line by 6 p.m., YOU CAN VOTE. You’ll need ID with a photo and signature. Accepted forms include: valid Florida driver’s license, U.S. passport, debit/credit card, student or military ID, public assistance ID, Florida firearms license. (If your ID only has a photo, bring a second one with an updated signature.) Early voting locations will have Spanish translators and ADA-compliant voting equipment for those who need it. For more information about early voting, visit the OCSE website.

You can vote early at these West Orange County sites:

 

  • West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road 

  • Winter Garden Library at 805 E. Plant Street 

  • Orange County National Golf Center at 16301 Phil Ritson Way

  • Washington Park Library at 5151 Raleigh St., Suite A.

Additional early voting locations:

Renaissance Senior Center
Winter Park Library
Alafaya Library
Southwest Library
Apopka Community Center
South Creek Library
Chickasaw Library
Southeast Library
Fairview Shores Library
Southwest Library
Hiawassee Library
Tibet-Butler Preserve
Lift Orlando
Town of Eatonville Town Hall
Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex
UCF Live Oak Event Center
Orange County Supervisor of Elections
Valencia - Lake Nona Campus

Drop off your ballot

Completed mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any early voting location or at the Supervisor of Elections office at 119 W. Kaley Street in Orlando by 7 p.m. on March 19. On Election Day, mail ballots can only be dropped off at the Supervisor of Elections office. Mail-in ballots can also be traded for a regular ballot at your assigned polling location on Election Day. You can designate someone to drop your mail-in ballot off for you. To avoid the appearance of “ballot harvesting,” designees are limited to two ballots with just one for a non-family member.

Restore your voting rights

Returning citizens who have completed their sentences and paid all fines and fees or completed community service in lieu of payment can get their voting rights restored (except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses). However, voting eligibility can still be challenging to figure out as those who believed they were eligible to vote in the 2020 election only to be arrested by Gov. DeSantis’s election police discovered. The Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People & Families Movement’s  “Can I Vote?” tool may help returning citizens determine if they can vote in the 2024 elections. It’s also possible to seek an opinion on eligibility from the State Division of Elections. See Rule 1S-2.010 of the Florida Administrative Code (pay attention to subsection 4) for what’s required for a written request for opinion. Send the request to DivElections@dos.myflorida.com.

— Lucy Dillon

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