Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Primary Election?

  • The 2016 Primary Election is held 10 weeks before the General Election. In the Primary Election, voters registered with one of Florida’s political parties express their preference for the candidates they would like to see representing their party on the General Election ballot in November. However, the primary election ballot may also contain other races such as nonpartisan offices (judicial and school board), local referenda and proposed constitutional amendments for which all voters regardless of party or no party affiliation can vote.

When is the Primary Election?

  • Florida’s Primary Election is on August 30, 2016. The deadline for voters to register to vote or update their party affiliation for the Primary Election was on August 1, 2016. Eligible voters can vote-by-mail (absentee), vote during early voting, or vote at the polls on Election Day.

Who can vote in the Primary Election?

  • Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates for an office in a primary election. However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which political party they are registered with or even if they are registered without party affiliation:

    • If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election, then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
    • If races for nonpartisan (i.e., free from party affiliation) judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation are entitled to vote those races on the ballot.
    • The 2016 primary ballot will include a proposed constitutional amendment that all voters can vote on. Further information can be found using the links located below.

What Candidates and Races will be on my Primary Ballot?

  • Contact your county Supervisor of Elections office to obtain a sample ballot that lists the candidates and races on which you can vote.

  • For details regarding the proposed constitutional amendment on the Primary Election ballot, please see the Proposed Constitutional Amendment Booklet:

Do voters get notified if a party candidate nominee officially withdraws from the Primary Election in Florida?

  • No deadline exists to submit a withdrawal in a Primary Election. If a written candidate withdrawal is submitted after ballots are printed, the name remains on the ballot with notices provided to voters regarding the withdrawal at the polling location and inserted in all vote-by-mail ballots subsequently prepared after the notice of withdrawal was submitted. The Division of Elections provides the following recommended guidelines which Supervisors of Elections may use to notify the voter.

Can I cast another vote-by-mail ballot if I voted for a party candidate who has formally withdrawn?

  • If your Supervisor of Elections has already received your returned vote-by-mail ballot, the ballot is deemed cast and you cannot vote another ballot. Contact your Supervisor of Elections for further information.

Can I change my party affiliation for the Primary Election?

  • The deadline for voters to update their party affiliation for the 2016 Primary Election was August 1, 2016. For additional information on voter registration in Florida, please visit the Division of Elections website.

How many registered voters are there in Florida? How many voters are eligible to vote in the Primary Election?

  • The Department of State prepares statistical reports (bookclosing reports) that show the total number of active registered voters statewide as of the registration deadline for the Primary Election. On August 1, 2016, the total number of active registered voters in Florida was 12,370,930. Since Florida is a closed primary state, not all active registered voters will be eligible to vote party races but they will be eligible to vote some contests such as nonpartisan races and a proposed constitutional amendment (See Who Can Vote in Primary Election above). For other voter registration data, please visit the Division of Elections website.

How do I know when my county's election results are final?

  • To check the status of your county's election results reports, click on the "County Reporting Status" in the left-side menu.

How can I download all the Election Results?

  • Select the "Downloads" option in the left-side menu to access files that can be downloaded.