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Voter Registration in Escambia County
as of 10/31/2017


Affiliation Voters
Republican 92,598
45.0%
Democrat 70,338
34.2%
No Party Affiliation 41,478
20.2%
Minor Parties 1,138
0.6%
Total 205,552  

Our Mission:

"To ensure all qualified citizens are free to exercise their fundamental right to vote in open, impartial and secure elections."

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can anyone register to vote?
  2. Where can I go to register to vote?
  3. Can I pick up a form and just mail it in?
  4. Do I have to re-register (a) if I haven’t voted in a long time, or (b) every time I move?
  5. Do I have to choose a political party?
  6. Does being “No Party Affiliation” or minor party mean I can vote for anyone in a primary?
  7. What is a Universal Primary?
  8. How do I change my political party?
  9. My name has changed (marriage, divorce, other legal act). How do I change my name on your records?
  10. How do I change my address?
  11. What identification do I need to vote?
  12. If my voter ID card is lost or stolen, how do I get a replacement?
  13. I’ve moved since the last time I voted, and I forgot to change my address. Do I go to my old precinct to vote?
  14. If I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day, how can I vote?
  15. Can someone pick up or return an absentee ballot for me?
  16. When does my absentee ballot have to be returned to your office?
  17. How do voters names get removed from the Florida Voter Registration System (FVRS)?
  18. What is the list maintenance process and how does it work?
  19. Why did I receive an address confirmation/change post card in the mail?
  20. If I’m not currently registered, what is the registration deadline for an election?
  21. Do the courts get prospective jurors’ names from voter registration rolls?
  22. I’ve never voted before. Will someone show me what to do?
  23. If I’m physically impaired in some way, can I bring someone with me to help me vote?
  24. What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot?
  25. What happens if I forget to bring my ID with me to the polls?
  26. What hours are the polls open?
  27. Can I just turn my voted absentee ballot in at my polling place?
  28. Can I bring my children with me to the polling place?
  29. How do I become a poll worker?
  30. Can I change my political party at the polls?
  31. Can I bring my marked sample ballot to the polls?
  32. Can I still vote if I’ve been convicted of a felony?
  33. How do I find out if my civil rights have been restored?
  34. How do I know what congressional, legislative and local districts I’m in?

Can anyone register to vote?

If you are a legal resident of Escambia County and fulfill all the following conditions, you are eligible to register to vote in Escambia County. You must:

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Where can I go to register to vote?

Registering to vote in Florida is quick and easy. As of October 1, 2017 you can now register online if you have a Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification Card. For complete information, visit our Register to Vote page.

There are many locations throughout the county where you can obtain a Florida Voter Registration Application, including the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections office located at 213 Palafox Place, 2nd Floor. Regardless of where applications are picked up or turned in, a registration application is not valid until processed as complete by the Supervisor of Elections office. As of January 1, 2006, voter registration cards were replaced by Voter Information Cards, which may not be used for identification.

To obtain a paper Florida Voter Registration Application:

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Can I pick up a form and just mail it in?

Yes. After you complete the form, simply sign it and mail it back to the Elections Office.

However, if you register by mail and have never voted in Florida and have NOT been issued a Florida driver’s license, a Florida identification card, or a Social Security number, then
you will be required to provide additional identification.

To assure that you will not have problems when you go to vote, you should provide a copy of the required identification at the time you mail your voter registration form. If you are voting an absentee ballot, you must provide the proper identification prior to 7 p.m. Election Day or your absentee ballot will not count. The following forms of identification are acceptable if they contain your name and photograph:

Instead of the photo ID, you may provide a copy of a current and valid utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or other government document containing your name and current residence address. Do not send original identification documents.

Certain persons are exempt from this additional ID requirement: persons 65 years of age or older; those with a temporary or permanent disability; military members on active duty and their dependents; merchant marine members and their dependents; and civilians residing overseas who are eligible to vote in Florida.

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Do I have to re-register (a) if I haven’t voted in a long time, or (b) every time I move?

(a)NO, we have a permanent voter registration system. However, a voter by law is required to:

Note: It is suggested that a voter make some form of contact at least every two years to ensure active status.

(b)You do not have to re-register, but you do have to notify the Elections Office of your new address.

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Do I have to choose a political party?

No, it is not required. If you do not choose a party, you will be registered as “No Party Affiliation.” Voters registered as No Party Affiliation or in a minor party may not vote for major party (Democrat and Republican) candidates in a primary, but may vote on nonpartisan candidates and issues in the primary.

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Does being “No Party Affiliation” or minor party mean I can vote for anyone in a primary?

No, Florida is a closed primary state. You must be registered as a member of the party whose primary you wish to vote in. However, all voters may vote in a primary for nonpartisan races, such as school board members, judges, and referenda. The only other exception is for a Universal Primary.

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What is a Universal Primary?

If in any race, only candidates of one major party have qualified, and there are no minor party, independent, or write-in candidates for the general election, that race will be on the primary ballot for ALL registered voters of the jurisdiction, regardless of party registration.

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How do I change my political party?

A party change must be submitted to the Elections Office using a signed written notice that contains the voter’s date of birth or registration number.

Party changes will not be processed when the registration books are closed 29 days prior to any primary election.

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My name has changed (marriage, divorce, other legal act). How do I change my name on your records?

A name change must be submitted to the Elections Office on a signed Florida Voter Registration Application with your new name, or on a signed, written notice that must include your date of birth or voter registration number. Be sure to sign your new name on the notice or application.

If your address has also changed, you can make the address change on the same document as your new name.

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How do I change my address?

Address changes within Florida can be made by just about any contact with the Elections Office — by e-mail, fax, telephone, or on a signed, written notice or Florida Voter Registration Application.

Address changes between counties must be completed prior to Election Day, or the voter will be forced to cast a provisional ballot.

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What identification do I need to vote?

You must present both a photo and signature ID when you go to vote. If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature.

Approved forms of photo ID are:

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If my voter ID card is lost or stolen, how do I get a replacement?

A request for a duplicate card must be made to your Supervisor of Elections in writing. [Section 97.071(2) FS]

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I’ve moved since the last time I voted, and I forgot to change my address. Do I go to my old precinct to vote?

Call the Supervisor of Elections office or check the website to find the location of your new precinct’s polling place before you go to vote.

You may change your address, if you are still in the same county, at the new precinct. If you are changing from another county, you cannot change your address on Election Day. You must go to your new precinct and vote a provisional ballot. It is a felony to vote in a precinct in which you do not live.

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If I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day, how can I vote?

You may request an absentee ballot by telephone, mail, e-mail, fax, or in person, to be sent to you or picked up by you.

Or, you may “vote early” in our office and other locations beginning no later than the 10th day prior to most elections.

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Can someone pick up or return an absentee ballot for me?

You may designate someone to pick up a ballot for you. Your designee must provide your written authorization. Your designee must also provide photo identification. Ballots may only be provided to an authorized designee on Election Day or up to five days prior to an election. However, a person designated may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, other than their own ballot and the ballots of their immediate family.

Anyone may return a completed absentee ballot to the Elections Office on behalf of another. However, restrictions apply if the person is providing or receiving a “pecuniary of other benefit” in exchange for doing so.

Pursuant to section 104.0616, “Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two absentee ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in ss. 101.6105-101.695, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.”

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When does my absentee ballot have to be returned to your office?

The ballot must be in our office by 7 p.m. CST on election day in order to be counted. However, if you are overseas and voting in a federal election, your ballot must be dated by the date of the election and we must receive it within 10 days of the election for it to be counted.

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How do voters names get removed from the Florida Voter Registration System (FVRS)?

A voter will be removed from the list of registered voters under the following circumstances:

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What is the list maintenance process and how does it work?

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Why did I receive an address confirmation/change post card in the mail?

If you received an Address Change Notice, Address Confirmation Final Notice or Address Confirmation Request card from us, it probably means that:

1. We were notified by the Post Office or another source that you had made an address change.
Or
2. We sent you something via postal mail and it was returned to us, undelivered, by the Post Office.
Or
3. You have not voted and we have had no contact from you for two election cycles.

If you received an Address Change Notice (Yellow post card), you only need to respond if the information on the card is not correct. If, after you review the information, a change needs to be made you may do so using an online form or by noting the change on the card and returning it to our office.

If you received an Address Confirmation Final Notice (Green post card), a response is required. If, after you review the information on the card, a change is needed, you may do so using an online form or by noting the change on the card and returning it to our office.

If you received an Address Confirmation Request (White post card), a response is only required if a change needs to be made. If you wish to make a change, you may do so using an online form or by noting the change on the card and returning it to our office.

If you received one of the above post cards (Green, Yellow or White) and would prefer to respond by phone, you may do so by dialing 850-595-3900.

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If I’m not currently registered, what is the registration deadline for an election?

The registration deadline is 29 days prior to an election.

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Do the courts get prospective jurors’ names from voter registration rolls?

No. The state courts obtain their prospective jurors’ names from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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I’ve never voted before. Will someone show me what to do?

Yes. A poll worker will offer you a demonstration on how to mark your ballot when you arrive at the polling place.

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If I’m physically impaired in some way, can I bring someone with me to help me vote?

Yes, you may, but you are not required to. If you need assistance, two of our poll workers from different political parties will assist you as needed.

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What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot?

Tell the poll workers you have made a mistake, and you will be issued a new ballot (up to three maximum) in exchange for your “spoiled” ballot(s).

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What happens if I forget to bring my ID with me to the polls?

You are required to vote by provisional ballot if you fail to present proper ID at the polls, whether or not your name is in the precinct register. If the provisional ballot signature matches the signature on your voter registration record, your provisional ballot will count, provided you are otherwise eligible to vote.

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What hours are the polls open?

The polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

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Can I just turn my voted absentee ballot in at my polling place?

No. Your voted absentee ballot must be turned in at our office on Palafox Place.

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Can I bring my children with me to the polling place?

Yes, you may bring your children with you. We ask only that they behave appropriately. Bringing your children with you helps to educate them on the importance of voting.

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How do I become a poll worker?

Click here for information on becoming a poll worker.

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Can I change my political party at the polls?

Yes and No. You may change your party up to and including Election Day for general elections. For primary elections, party changes must be done prior to the 29 day book-closing date in order to be in effect for that election.

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Can I bring my marked sample ballot to the polls?

Yes, as long as you do not display it for others to see and do not leave it in the polling place. We encourage use of the sample ballot.

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Can I still vote if I’ve been convicted of a felony?

Only if your civil rights have been restored.

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How do I find out if my civil rights have been restored?

You may either call our office to ask for assistance or you may visit the website of the Office of Executive Clemency at https://fpcweb.fcor.state.fl.us/.

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How do I know what congressional, legislative and local districts I’m in?

Escambia County is included in the 1st Congressional district. In the Florida Legislature, we are represented by the 1st Senate district and the 1st and 2nd House districts. The districts in which you are eligible to vote are indicated on your voter information card, or you may use the Precinct Finder or click here for more information.

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