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Detzner: Voter Registration Before Oct. 11 Isn't Difficult

October 10, 2016 - 2:45pm

Secretary of State Ken Detzner released the following statement and shared the following voter registration tips ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration deadline: 

Individuals not already registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a complete voter registration application by Tuesday, Oct. 11, in order to participate in the General Election. But they can do it by going to any supervisor of elections office in any of the state's 67 counties.
Said Detzner, “There is still time ... Floridians who have been impacted, or have had to evacuate during Hurricane Matthew should know they have the option to fill out and/or submit their voter registration application at any supervisor of elections office or approved voter registration agency, even if it’s outside their county of residence."

Voter registration applications sent by mail to any supervisor of elections office, voter registration agency, or the Division of Elections in Tallahassee will be accepted for the upcoming election as long as they're postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 11, he said.
“Voters who are unsure of their registration status can visit and find links to use the state’s Voter Information Lookup Tool, or contact their local supervisor of elections office. Voters can also call the state’s main Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-866-308-6739.”
The voter registration application is available in both English and Spanish (English PDF / Español PDF), on the Division of Elections' website. Print, sign and mail, or hand deliver, the application to a county supervisor of elections office, voter registration agency, or the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee.
Apply through any Florida driver's license office or tax collector's office that issues driver's licenses or Florida identification cards; any "voter registration agency" (i.e., any government entity designated by the National Voter Registration Act or state law who must allow you to apply to register, which includes libraries); any supervisor of elections office; or at the Division of Elections in Tallahassee.
An update to a voter’s signature for the General Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots (formerly absentee ballots), which may start as early as Oct. 24. Signatures on record are used to verify signatures on ballot certificates before counting provisional and vote-by-mail ballots.
According to Florida law, (Section 97.055, Florida Statutes), the deadline to register to vote (also referred to as “bookclosing”) to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. Florida voters may register to vote or update their registration at any time by notifying their local supervisor of elections. Additional information is available on


As a constitutional public servant, I would trust that you took the judge's message to heart and realize that not everyone has the luxury of abiding by schedules in their busy lives when they are told by their governor they're going to die if they don't evacuate. You need to realize not everyone lives your orderly life, and what's the harm to extend a deadline when one's life is in danger.

Most people that actually vote have been registered. For years. Just how many potential new voters are there that may be impacted by the storm? Sorry about your luck if you don't have any ID. Not my problem. You should have to be registered at least a month before the election anyway. Since half the people in the country don't read at a 5th grade level (Thanks, Teachers Union) and most of them couldn't name one Supreme court judge, the whole thing is horse manure. Anybody eligible and thousands that aren't won't have any problem casting their ballot.

The federal judge ruled against Rick Scott on the issue of extending voter registration.

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