Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?

  • The 2016 Presidential Preference Primary Election (PPP) is part of the nominating process in Florida for the United States presidential elections. In the PPP, voters registered with one of Florida’s major political parties express their preference for the presidential candidate they would like to see representing their party on the General Election ballot in November.

    After the PPP, designated political party delegates from Florida formally nominate the preferred presidential candidate at the respective party’s national convention. These national conventions are typically held in July or August. Based on the party rules governing delegate voting procedures, the party decides at the convention which presidential candidate will represent the party on the General Election ballot.

When is the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?

  • Florida’s PPP is on March 15, 2016. The deadline for voters to register to vote or update their party affiliation for the PPP was February 16, 2016. Eligible voters can vote in the PPP by mail (absentee), by voting early, or by voting at the polls on Election Day.

Who can vote in the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?

  • Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary is a closed-primary election. This means that you must be a registered with one of Florida’s major political parties in order to be eligible to vote for one of the party’s nominees for presidential candidate in the PPP.

    Sometimes local nonpartisan elections are held at the same time as the PPP Election and those races appear on the PPP ballot. In those circumstances, all eligible voters whether they are registered with a party or not can vote for those local races. For further information, please contact your county Supervisor of Elections.

Why are there still names on the 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) ballot for party candidate nominees who announced in the media that they have “suspended” their campaigns?

  • A “suspended campaign” does not necessarily mean the end of a campaign or mean the same thing as a notice of withdrawal.

    In Florida, major political parties first provide the Department of State with the names of candidate nominees to place on the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) ballot. For the 2016 PPP, those nominees had until December 14, 2015, to formally withdraw and have their names not placed the ballot. (See Section 103.101(3), Florida Statutes).

    On December 15, 2015, Secretary of State Ken Detzner certified to the Supervisors of Elections the candidate names for the 2016 PPP ballot. The Supervisors of Elections then prepared and printed ballots in order to meet federal and state law deadlines to send absentee ballots to overseas and domestic voters. All names of certified candidate nominees will appear on the PPP ballot.

Do voters get notified if a party candidate nominee officially withdraws from the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) in Florida?

  • As explained in the previous answers, the deadline for a party candidate nominee to have his or her name removed from Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) ballot was December 14, 2015. However, if the Division of Elections were to receive a written notice of withdrawal at this time, Supervisors of Elections may follow recommended guidelines for notice to the voter which are available online here. The Department of State has not received any written notice of withdrawal since the certification deadline.

Do votes cast for party candidate nominees who have suspended their campaigns still get counted?

  • Any votes cast for a party candidate nominee whose name is on the ballot will be counted and reported in the election results.

Can I cast another absentee ballot if I voted for a party candidate nominee who has “suspended” his or her campaign?

  • No. Once a Supervisor of Elections receives a voted absentee ballot it is deemed cast. If you have not yet cast an absentee ballot, please contact your Supervisor of Elections for further information.

Can I change my party affiliation for the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?

  • The deadline for voters to register to vote or update their party affiliation to be in effect for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary was February 16, 2016. For additional information on voter registration in Florida, please click here.

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

  • On February 16, 2016, voter registration books closed for the Presidential Preference Primary election. After the registration deadline, the Division of Elections prepared detailed statistical reports (bookclosing reports) on the number of active registered voters as of February 16, 2016. Since Florida is a closed-primary state, not all active registered voters are able to vote on party races on the Presidential Preference Primary Ballot.

    The statewide book closing numbers for primaries include all active registered voters since additional contests may occur in one or more county jurisdictions for which all voters may be able eligible to vote regardless of party affiliation.

    The bookclosing report for the Presidential Preference Primary shows that there are 12,060,468 total active registered voters in Florida as of February 16, 2016. For additional statistics by county, party affiliation, and race, please click here.

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

  • Under the "Downloads" heading in the left-side menu, are a several options for files that can be downloaded.