Be election ready: Local10.com 2020 voter guide

Voters will cast their ballots in 2020.
Voters will cast their ballots in 2020. (WPLG)

Local10.com wants to make it easy for you to vote in this important election year.

Below is a county-by-county guide for information on how to register, where to vote, and what you’ll need to know about the democratic process. Also, questions answered regarding voting during a coronavirus pandemic.

Election Day

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.

In order to vote, you must provide a Florida driver’s license, identification card, U.S. passport or some other form of photo identification with a signature.

Click here to see what to expect and how to prepare before you go to your polling place.

How do I know if I’m registered?

Check your status using the Voter Information Lookup Tool on the Florida Division of Elections website.

The deadline has passed to register for this election. The last day to register for the 2020 general election was Oct. 5.

Vote-by-mail drop-offs

If you still have a vote-by-mail ballot it is likely too late to mail it in time to be counted — but you can bring it to a specific drop-off location:

Miami-Dade County has 4 drop-off locations

(7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.)

  • Elections Department, Supervisor of Elections office, 2700 Northwest 87th Ave., Doral, 33172
  • Stephen P. Clark Government Center, Supervisor of Elections office, 111 Northwest 1st St., (Lobby), Miami, 33128
  • North Dade Regional Library, 2455 Northwest 183rd St., Miami Gardens, 33056
  • South Dade Regional Library, 10750 Southwest 211th St., Cutler Bay, 33189

Broward County has 2 drop-off locations

(7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.)

  • Lauderhill Mall, Supervisor of Elections Office, 1519 Northwest 40th Ave., Lauderhill, 33313
  • Broward County Administration Building, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 102, (Brickell Avenue Entrance) Fort Lauderdale, 33301

Monroe County has 3 drop-off locations

(7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov, 3)

Supervisor of Elections Offices:

  • 530 Whitehead St #101, Key West
  • 10015 Overseas Hwy, Marathon
  • 102050 Overseas Hwy #137, Key Largo

Take a look at how various states handle early voting, mail voting and absentee ballots, including which ones have made significant changes because of COVID-19.

Find Out If Your Mail-In Ballot Was Rejected

You still have time to fix any mistakes. Find out how.

Check the status of your mail-in ballot

Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through a link within the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup.

Or directly at your county Supervisor of Elections website.

In Miami-Dade County, click here.

In Broward County, click here.

In Monroe County, click here.

The United States Postal Service also provides a free service called Informed Delivery that allows you to digitally preview the address side of certain mail pieces such as a requested vote-by-mail ballot that will arrive soon at your address.

If your mail-in ballot has been rejected for some reason, here’s some information on how to get it “cured.”

Who are the candidates running, and what will be on my ballot?

Click here for a list of local races across Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties.

Click here for complete candidate listings in Florida for the 2020 general election.

Sample ballots and precincts

Broward County

Sample Ballots

Find Your Precinct

Miami-Dade County

Sample Ballots

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Monroe County

Sample Ballots

Find Your Precinct

Palm Beach County

Sample Ballots

Find Your Precinct

Understanding Florida amendments

On November’s ballot, there are six constitutional amendments that can be complicated and confusing.

Local 10′s Glenna Milberg’s breaks down all six amendments with an explanation to ultimately help you make and informed decision.

See the explanation of all six amendments: Click here.

Or view them one by one:

Amendment 1: Citizenship Requirement to Vote

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

Amendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor and Cabinet.

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

Amendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

Amendment 5: Limitation on Homestead Assessments

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

Amendment 6: Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans

(Video explanation here)

(Text of amendment)

All constitutional amendments need a supermajority 60% support to pass.

Who is my Supervisor of Elections?

In Miami-Dade County, Christina White, supervisor of elections

2700 NW 87th Ave., Miami, FL 33172

Phone: (305) 499-8501

email: soedade@miamidade.gov

website: Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections

Mail your voter registration application form to:

Supervisor of Elections

P.O. Box 521550

Miami FL 33152

In Broward County, Peter Antonacci, supervisor of elections

115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: (954) 357-7050

email: elections@browardsoe.org

website: Broward County Supervisor of Elections

Mail your voter registration application form to:

Supervisor of Elections

P.O. Box 029001

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302 -9001

In Monroe County, Joyce Griffin, supervisor of elections

530 Whitehead Street, Suite 101, Key West, FL 33040

Phone: (305) 292-3416

email: info@keys-elections.org

website: Monroe County Supervisor of Elections

Mail application form directly to the above address.

In Palm Beach County, Wendy Sartory Link, supervisor of elections

240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Phone: (561) 656-6200

email: info@pbcelections.org

website: Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections

Mail your voter registration application form to:

Supervisor of Elections

P.O. Box 22309

West Palm Beach, FL 33416 -2309

Are there precautions being taken for COVID-19?

The Miami Dade County Elections Department has released a health and safety fact sheet regarding in-person voting amidst the coronavirus pandemic. See the fact sheet here.

See Broward County’s fact sheet and recommendations on what voters should do to prepare for in-person voting. Click here.

Previewing important local races

Miami-Dade Mayor: Esteban “Steve” Bovo Jr. vs. Daniella Levine Cava

Broward Sheriff: Gregory Tony vs. H. Wayne Clark

Congressional District 20: Alcee Hastings vs. Greg Musselwhite

Congressional District 22: Ted Deutch vs. James Pruden

Congressional District 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz vs. Carla Spalding

Congressional District 24: Frederica Wilson vs. Lavern Spicer

Congressional District 26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell vs. Carlos Gimenez

Congressional District 27: Donna Shalala vs. Maria Elvira Salazar

Miami Gardens Mayor: Rodney Harris vs. Sharon Pritchett

Broward School Board: Debra Hixon vs. Jeff Holness

Broward Supervisor of Elections: Joe Scott vs. Catherine McBreen

Presidential race

Republican President Candidate

Donald J. Trump

(Stance on Issues)

Democratic Presidential Candidate

Joe Biden

(Stance on Issues)

Click here for complete candidate listings for the 2020 primary and general elections.