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Election Dates & Deadlines

Division of Elections 2017-2019 Dates to Remember 

Election Schedule

Election Election Date Registration/Book Closing Early Voting Period
Primary August 28, 2018 July 30, 2018 * August 13 – August 26, 2018
General November 6, 2018 October 9, 2018 * October 22 – November 4, 2018

* Early Voting dates, times and locations vary by county.


General Elections: A general election shall be held in each county on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year to choose a successor to each elective federal, state, county, and district officer whose term will expire before the next general election and, except as provided in the State Constitution, to fill each vacancy in elective office for the unexpired portion of the term.

Primary Elections: In each year in which a general election is held, a primary election for nomination of candidates of political parties shall be held on the Tuesday 10 weeks prior to the general election. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast in each contest in the primary election shall be declared nominated for such office. If two or more candidates receive an equal and highest number of votes for the same office, such candidates shall draw lots to determine which candidate is nominated.

Presidential Preference Primary Elections: The presidential preference primary shall be held in each year the number of which is a multiple of 4 on the first Tuesday that the rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to be allocated without penalty.

Voting in a Primary Election: Florida is a CLOSED Primary State. When voting in a Primary Election you can only vote in the party with which you are registered when the registration books close for that election.

Special elections and municipal elections may be called at any time during the year.

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