Register

Before you can vote, you need an up-to-date registration because it authorizes you to vote in local, state, and national polls.

UPCOMING FLORIDA REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE CITY OF ORLANDO GENERAL ELECTION:  October 10, 2017

Visit Campus Vote Project to learn about deadlines in other states.

Am I eligible to vote? How do I check my status?

Am I eligible to vote? 

Yes! As long as you meet these requirements AND register by the deadline (in Florida you must be registered 29 days before any election):  

  • Be registered to vote in Florida
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Live at the address where you’re registered
  • Be 18 years old by the date of the election
  • Not be judged incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other sate by a court without having your right to vote restored
  • Not have been convicted of a felony without having had your civil rights restored

Visit Campus Vote Project to learn about requirements in other states.

How do I check my voter registration status?

If you registered, we highly recommend you double-check your voter status to make sure your information was processed:

  • If you registered using your Rollins address/any Orange County address, check via OC Supervisor of Elections 
  • If you registered using a Seminole County address, check via SC Supervisor of Elections 
  • If you registered using an address anywhere else in Florida, check via MyFlorida 
  • If you registered using an address from another state, check via CanIVote.org 

If you realize that you are not registered to vote CALL your elections office ASAP to figure out the issue. You can also contact us with any questions.

How do I register for the first time or update my current registration?

Voting in all local, state, and national elections is one way we can exercise our roles as active citizens.

Students who will be 18 years or older by Election Day can register in person at any Democracy Project event and/or by stopping by CLCE (Mills, 3rd Floor). In order to vote in Florida, eligible voters must register at least 29 days before that election date.

At this time students should NOT be registering to vote using TurboVote (due to the proximity of the Feb. 13th deadline). However, TurboVote may be used to receive text and email reminders about local, national, and state elections.

Committed to the idea that every college should provide students with the information and materials they need to vote in any election, Rollins’ partnership with TurboVote allows students to:

  • Begin the voter registration process online
  • Verify and/or update your voter registration
  • Request absentee ballots by mail
  • Receive timely text messages and email reminders regarding all local, state, and national elections

Whether you are registering for the first time or signing up for election reminders, we hope you take advantage of this unique, non-partisan, online platform. You can effect change in both our local and national communities by exercising one of our most basic Constitutional rights: the right to vote. Once you complete the registration process online via TurboVote, remember these important steps:

  • Create TurboVote account
  • Check mailbox
  • Sign form
  • Mail form (postage paid by the Rollins Democracy Project!)
  • Receive confirmation from your Supervisor of Elections Office
  • VOTE!

What address should I use to vote? Do I have to choose a party?

What address should I use to vote? 

The choice is yours. You can either use your hometown address or your local Rollins address. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Rollins encourages students to be engaged in local issues and registering with your Rollins address allows you to impact change here.

If you’re already registered somewhere else, but want to re-register here in Florida, you can. Just be sure you note your previous registration address on the form, so you’re taken off the rolls there. You can only vote using one address!

If you choose to register with your hometown address, you will have to either travel there to vote in person or you can request a vote-by-mail ballot by your state’s deadline.

Do I have to choose a party? 

Florida is a closed primary state, which means you must declare a party affiliation by the 29-day deadline to vote in that party’s primary election. There is no deadline for a name or address change – meaning if you are already registered to vote here in Florida 29 days before an election and move somewhere else in the state, you can arrive at your precinct and update your address there. For a complete list of the upcoming deadlines check out the information on the Florida Divisions of Elections website.

Discover your political identity

Not sure which party affiliation to check on your voter registration? Want to know which candidates share your perspective? Check out Project Vote Smart’s Vote Easy.