Voting is the best and most impactful way to have a say in important issues that affect our community. The Primary Election on August 14, 2012 is an opportunity for Miami-Dade voters to cast their vote in races at all levels of government. "However, in order to participate in this important election, you must be a registered voter, and the deadline of July 16 is quickly approaching," stated Penelope Townsley, Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections. "One of our most important missions is to encourage all eligible residents to register and to take advantage of three convenient ways to vote."
To register to vote, residents must:
- be 18 years or older (pre-registration begins at 16);
- be a U.S. citizen;
- be a permanent resident of Miami-Dade County. There is no specific time requirement to live in Miami-Dade County to be considered a permanent resident.
July 16 is also the deadline for anyone interested in changing their political party affiliation. Since Florida is a closed primary state, it is important for voters to know what party they are registered as.
With the deadline just two weeks away, the most convenient option for those interested in registering to vote is to visit the Elections Department website and click on "Register to Vote." After completing the online form, it must be printed, signed, and mailed to the Elections Department at:
Supervisor of Elections
P.O. Box 521550
Miami, Florida 33152
This form MUST be postmarked by July 16 to be accepted as valid for this election.
Voters who wish to change their party affiliation can do so online by following the instructions above or by simply submitting a signed written notice that contains the date of birth or voter registration number by email or fax to:
Residents may also register to vote or change their party affiliation at a number of locations during regular business hours including:
Two Miami-Dade Elections Department Offices by 5pm
(2700 NW 87 Avenue or Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street)
Most city, town and village halls;
State public assistance agencies;
Florida Driver License Bureaus
For more information, please visit www.miamidade.gov/elections or call 305-499-VOTE (8683).