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February 16th is the deadline to register to vote in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary

Register to vote or update party affiliation, if needed

MIAMI (February 12, 2016)

Did you know that Florida is a Closed Primary State? February 16th is the deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation if needed, for the March 15th Presidential Primary Election. 

"Voting is the best and most impactful way to have a say in important issues that affect you and your community.  Since the Primary is only open to registered Republicans and Democrats, I encourage all of our voters to confirm their eligibility before heading to the polls," stated Penelope Townsley, Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections.

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.   

With the deadline just four days away, the most convenient option for those interested in registering to vote or make a political party change 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 February 16, 2016 to be accepted as valid for this election.  

Another option is to hand deliver the application to our office.  The office will be closed over the weekend.  However, will remain open until midnight on February 16 to afford every possible opportunity to the residents of Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade Elections Department
2700 NW 87 Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
A number of other locations provide and accept voter registration applications during regular business hours:
  • Miami-Dade Elections Department Voter Information Center (Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street)until 5pm
  • Public libraries
  • Most city, town and village halls
  • State public assistance agencies
  • Florida Driver License Bureaus
Go to  to print a voter registration form, confirm your voting location on Election Day, view your sample ballot, and much more. You can also call 305-499-VOTE (8683). For TTY, call 305-499-8480