How to Vote in Florida even if You are a Snowbird

 

Did you know that you can register to vote in Florida even if you do not spend six months and a day here?  The so-called 183-day rule is one used by many states for taxation purposes -- but has nothing to do with voter registration.

Looking ahead to the critical election of 2020, your vote is likely to be much more important in Florida than in a so-called “blue” state:  Whoever wins Florida is likely to win the presidency.

If you own or rent property in Florida, you can register to vote here. According to Florida law, what matters is where a person intends to make his or her permanent residence for purposes of voter registration.  You can be both a legal voting resident of Florida and a taxpaying resident of another state. (You must give up your right to vote in your alternate state.) This is a good time to make a switch, well in advance of next year’s election.

Here is what you need to do to register in Florida:

  • Print out a Florida Voter Registration Form -- you can click on the link in item #1 at the bottom of this email -- and fill it out and mail it to the address provided.

Question 5 - Provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, assuming you do not have a Florida Driver License or what is referred to as a Florida ID Card (most people don’t).

Question 7 - “Address Where You Live” - Provide your Sarasota or Manatee address.

Question 8 - “Mailing Address” - State where you want the Voter Information Card sent.  The Supervisor of Elections (SOE) will mail your Voter Information Card to your preferred mailing address.

  • To get your ballot mailed to you after you are registered, sign up to Vote by Mail.  You can click on one of the links in number 2 below to go to either Sarasota Co. or Manatee Co. directly.  Or, you can call the SOE at 941 861 8618. In Manatee call 941-741-3823, ext. 3.

 

  1. Click on this link to print out a voter registration form. https://dos.myflorida.com/media/693757/dsde39.pdf
  2. In Sarasota County you may sign up to Vote by Mail at www.sarasotavotes.com. In Manatee, go to www.votemanatee.com.
  3. Check out our Longboat Key Democratic club website at www.lbkdems.com
For additional helpful information, click on this link or email Barbara Katz, Sarasota County Counsel for the Florida Democratic Party, at katz.barbara@gmail.com.

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