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Frequently Asked Questions



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Who can register to vote?

Voter Registration Information

How do I register to vote / Update my Record?

To register to vote or change your:

I am moving out of Florida, can I be removed from the voter registration system?

Before we can remove you from the system, you will need to do one of the following:

  • Complete and submit a Removal Form.
  • Mail, Email, or Fax a letter including your name (first and last), date of birth, AND signature.

To receive a Removal Form, stop by our office or give us a call to request one be mailed to your residence.

A loved one has passed away, How do I remove them from the voter rolls?

A person who has registered to vote in Florida, who dies in Florida, will automatically be removed from the voter rolls. To remove a person registered to vote in Florida who has died in a state other than Florida, a copy of a Death Certificate is required, which is usually provided by a relative (spouse, daughter, son, etc). 

What are my rights and responsibilities as a voter?

Voter Bill of Rights

I am a Military/Overseas Citizen what are my resources?

All the answers to every question you might have about being a military/overseas citizen.

How can I restore my civil rights?

Civil Rights restoration resources.

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What should I know for the upcoming election?

Important Dates

Find my polling location

What to expect at the polls

Offices up for election

I need assistance at the polls, what are my options?

All polling places are equipped with accessible voting systems for persons with disabilities to enable such persons to vote without assistance.  However, if you are a person who might need a translator, has a disability or cannot read or write and wish someone to help you, you can designate someone of your own choice, other than an employer or an officer or agent of your union, to provide such assistance.  Election officials may also provide assistance. 

For more information, please contact our office at 941-833-5400

(See sections 97.061 and 101.051, Florida Statutes)

What is a Closed Primary Election?

 Florida is a "Closed Primary" state.
If you wish to vote in a party's primary election you must be registered with the SOE office as belonging to that party at least 29 days before the election ("Book Closing.")
The Book Closing for the Presidential Preference Primary ("PPP") was Feb 18th, 5 pm.

Although you are not required to declare a party preference, if you wish to vote in a partisan Primary Election, you must be a registered voter in the party for which the Primary is being held.  For example only registered Republicans may vote for Republican candidates, and only registered Democrats may vote for Democratic candidates in a typical Primary Election. 

There are exceptions.  All registered voters are entitled to vote in a Primary Election in the following instances:

  1. You can vote on ballot issues at any time.
  2. You can vote for candidates in non partisan races such as Judges, School Board and City Council;
  3. You can vote if the race is considered an “open” or “universal” Primary.  This would be the case if there are no other candidates who have qualified to run in the General Election against the winner of a particular Primary race.  This would mean that the winner of a particular race would automatically be elected to the position because he or she would face no opposition in the General Election.  In this situation, all registered voters get to vote in the Primary race regardless of whether or not they have registered with a particular party affiliation.
  4. A party change request cannot be accepted at the polling place on Election Day and be effective for that election. All party changes must be made by the end of the 29th day before the election ("Book Closing").


What is a Non-Partisan Judicial Election?

Candidates for the Florida Supreme Court and District Courts of Appeal will appear on the ballot in the general election for a vote on their retention. Candidates for circuit and county court judge will appear on the primary ballot and on the general election ballot, if necessary. (see section 105.041, Florida Statutes) 

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What is Vote-by-Mail?

Everything you need to know about "Vote by Mail."


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I am a Poll Worker or am interested in becoming a Poll worker, what are my resources?

Meet your Election Worker Coordinators

Info on becoming a Poll Worker

Poll Worker Application

Online Poll Worker Training (Current Poll Workers Only)

Florida Senate Poll Worker Resolution

What is Adopt-A-Precinct?

Program Information

Program Application

What is a Poll Watcher?

Poll Watcher Rules and Statutes

How can I report Election Law Violations?

Violations relating to chapters 104 and 106 and section 105.071, Florida Statutes, should be reported by sworn written complaint to the Florida Elections Commission, Suite 224 Collins Building, 107 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050, 850-922-4539.

The Florida Elections Commission is an entity not aligned or affiliated with the Department of State, Division of Elections.


(see section 106.25, Florida Statutes)

Violations of either the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the Help America Vote Act of 2002, or any irregularities or fraud involving voter registration, candidate or issue petitions, removal procedures, or voting under the Florida Election Code should be reported in writing to the Division of Elections, Room 316, R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050, 850-245-6200.

All other violations should be reported to the local state attorney.

(see sections 97.012(15), 97.023, and 97.028, Florida Statutes)
I am part of a third party organization, what do I need to know?

Third party Rules and Statutes.

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Who are my officials?

State Elected Officials

Local Elected Officials

Special District Officials

CDD Officials

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Who are my candidates?

Local Announced Candidates

Federal Announced Candidates

Announced Candidates for the City of Punta Gorda

I am or want to become a candidate  what should I know?

Offices up for election

Info for becoming a Candidate

Important Dates

Qualifying fees/Petitions (PDF)

Data Request form

Candidate/Committee Login

Candidate File Access 

Other questions you might have

2019 Polling Locations

2020 Polling Locations

What are candidates/committees' financial reports?




What should I know about campaign signs?

City of Punta Gorda

Charlotte County

State Laws

What are my Districts?

Districts by Precinct

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Who are my party officials?

State Officials

Local Officials

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What important forms should I have?

State Election Forms

State Publications

Data Request Form

Provisional Ballot Cure Affidavit

Affidavit to Pick-Up Absentee Ballot for Voter

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What machines are used during the election process?

Paper Ballot Tabulator (DS200)

Digital Ballot Marker (Express Vote)

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What are some of this county's statistics?

County Census Data

Current Voter Registration

District Demographic

Voters By Age

Party Registration Totals by Precinct

Historic Party Registration Totals


What are our Election Results? 
Past Election Results


What is our Voter Turnout History? 
Historic Turnout table
What is list maintenance?

The list maintenance program is designed to keep accurate and current voter registration records in the statewide Florida Voter Registration System (FVRS). The program is conducted in each odd-numbered year. The information identifies those voters who have not voted in the last two (2) years, and who did not make a request that their registration records be updated. 

The process of list maintenance is to mail the selected voters an Address Confirmation which is marked "Non-Forwardable," "return if undeliverable" to verify that the voter still resides at the address on record. If the card is returned as undeliverable only, an Address Confirmation Final Notice is mailed. (F.S.98.065)

If no response is received from the Address Confirmation Final Notice, or the notice is returned as undeliverable within thirty (30) days from mailing, the voter is placed on the inactive list. Removal is completed if a voter does not update their voter registration information, request an absentee ballot, or vote by the 2nd general election once they are placed on the inactive list.

Voter may be placed on inactive list after two (2) years of inactivity.
Voter may be removed once on the inactive list for two (2) General Elections.

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