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What To Know Before You Go To Vote

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The 2016 general election is just 6 days away. Before you head to the polls to cast your vote, here’s a quick guide of what you need to bring, what you can and can’t do and what you need to know.
When can you vote:

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are still standing in line at 7 p.m. you will still be able to vote.

If you choose to participate in early voting, your last day to do so is Nov. 5. You can find where to early vote here.

Where can you vote:

Contact your county’s Supervisor of Elections to find out your designated voting place.

Are you registered: 

You can check your voter registration status at www.canivote.org.

What should you bring:

Voters must bring valid and current forms of photo identification with a signature to their voting location.

Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Florida driver’s license

  • A United States issued passport

  • Credit or debit card

  • Military ID

  • Student ID

    (Catie Flatley/ WUFT News)
    (Catie Flatley/ WUFT News)
Know the candidates and issues: 

Study the candidates, their platforms and the Florida Amendments on your ballot. Review  WUFT’s 2016 Florida Voting Guide.

You can also get a copy of your sample ballot from your county’s Supervisor of Elections and bring it to the polls with you.

What to do at the polls:

Avoid talking to other voters in line. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to talk to approved poll workers.

Florida law prohibits any person, political committee or organization from soliciting voters within 100 feet of the entrance. Soliciting can include seeking or attempting to seek a vote or opinion, distributing materials, etc.

What to wear: 

Florida does not have a law about what you can and cannot wear to the polls.

Florida law only prohibits any solicitation of candidates inside the polling rooms or within 100 feet of the entrance of the voting place.

Don’t take photos: 

You may feel the urge to take photos of yourself casting your vote for this historical election, but avoid doing so. No photography is permitted in the polling room or early voting areas, according to Florida law.

About Catie Flatley

Catie is a reporter for WUFT News. She can be reached at news@wuft.org or 352-392-6397.

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