VOTING GUIDE 2021-22
Senatorial and Gubernatorial Election Edition
WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!
Take 5 minutes to register to vote or confirm your registration. You must update your voter registration if you’ve moved. You can also check whether your mailed or dropped-off vote by mail ballot has been received by clicking this button.
Request a vote by mail ballot (or renew your request) by clicking the blue button. A request is only good for 2 years, so remember to renew after every election for President or Governor. You can decide later whether you prefer to vote in person or to use your vote by mail ballot, but you can’t make a last-minute decision to vote by mail if you haven’t already requested one in time. It’s always better to have options.
You can also request a vote by mail ballot online by clicking here, or by calling the Elections Department at (305) 499-2444 during business hours.
We also recommend that you update your signature on file ever 5 years. If you haven’t done that recently, do it now. Download the form here, complete it in full, sign it, and mail it to the Miami-Dade Elections Department. We also recommend also that you take a photo of your signed form to remind yourself of the way you signed this form, so you can sign your mail ballot the same way.
Please vote during the early voting period. if you have one available. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY! Remember to take valid photo ID. If possible, also take your vote by mail ballot so elections officials can exchange it for a regular ballot. Even if you forget to bring it, you will be permitted to vote on a provisional ballot (to ensure no one votes twice in the same election). If you requested a vote by mail ballot but did not receive it, let the elections officials know.
IF YOU ARE PREVENTED FROM VOTING FOR ANY REASON OR YOUR VOTING STATUS IS CHALLENGED, IMMEDIATELY CALL THE ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE AT 1-866-OUR-VOTE or the SOUTH DADE NAACP at the phone number on the website’s home page.
Vote by mail CORRECTLY:
— Sign the outside of the ballot envelope
— Write your phone number LEGIBLY on the outide of the ballot envelope, so election officials can call you if there’s a problem with your ballot
— Drop off your ballot at an early voting site, at the Elections Department in Doral, or at the Elections Department branch office in Downtown Miami
— If you have no other option, try to mail your ballot by 2 weeks before Election Day.
During 2021, we will redouble our efforts to get returning citizens who wish to vote back on the voter lists. If you are a returning citizen who has questions, or who would like to assist us in these efforts, please email us at Vote@SouthDadeNAACP.org.
Despite the 2018 passage of Amendment 4, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appealed a District Court’s ruling that would have allowed many returning citizens to vote. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled September 4, 2020 that people with felony convictions will have to pay fines and fees before being allowed to vote. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice have been in court at all levels of the initial judgment and at both levels of appeal, defending our right to vote in this case.
We recommend that Florida citizens who have a felony record contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition at 1-877-MY-VOTE-0 (1-877-698-6830) weekdays between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM or go to the FRRC website at FloridaRRC.com. to help you determine next steps.
THIS IS WHY EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE, NOT ONLY IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!
ELECTIONS FOR GOVERNOR IN FLORIDA ARE HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS IN WHICH THERE IS NO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IF YOU CAN VOTE, VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN’T.