Ways to Vote

Building power for the people in Hernando County, Florida

The deadline to register to vote for the November 2020 general election has passed. Those who are not already registered in the state of Florida are not eligible to vote in the November 3rd presidential election. If you are unsure of your registration status, click the “Check Registration” button to be redirected to the state’s Voter Status Lookup tool:


Voting-by-Mail

Voting-by-mail allows any registered Hernando County voter to request a ballot from the Supervisor of Elections to be mailed to an address of their choosing – no excuse or reason is needed. Requesting a ballot is risk-free: you can still vote in person if you choose. Vote-by-mail ballots do not have to be mailed, either: there are many convenient ways to return your ballot! Vote-by-mail has many other benefits which make it a great choice for seniors, parents, and working people:

  • You can safely vote from home.
  • You have more time to review your ballot and make informed decisions.
  • You are not restricted by polling hours.
  • You’re insured against unexpected illnesses or emergencies upsetting your plan to vote.

Already mailed or dropped your ballot off? Use the “Vote-by-Mail Status” button to track your ballot status. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot for the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3rd has passed; you may only request mail ballots for future elections.

Note: if you still have a mail-in ballot, it is too late to mail it. But you have options: see below for Secure Drop Boxes. If you cannot get to one, call us right away at (352) 587-2593 or send an email to contact@hernandodems.org.

Important Vote-by-Mail Reminders
  • Fill in each bubble completely with black ink only – no X or checkmarks!
  • The green Secrecy Sleeve is for your privacy. but your ballot will be accepted without it.
  • Sign and date the outside of your sealed envelope. Your e-mail address and phone number are not required.
  • A single Forever stamp is sufficient postage for mailed ballots.
  • You can also drop your ballot off in a secure drop box, or at any Early Voting location.
  • Your ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections by 7 PM on Election Day – postmarking does not count.
Vote-by-Mail Drop Boxes

Vote-by-mail secure drop boxes are monitored 24/7 and emptied regularly.


Voting-in-Person

Voting-in-person involves going to a designated polling location, receiving a ballot, and marking it in a private booth – the whole process is designed to ensure the secrecy of your ballot. There are people on hand to assist you if you have any problems or need help with your ballot, and you may bring a marked sample ballot into the voting booth with you.

Many voters prefer the all-at-once experience of voting-in-person, and take pride in making the effort to show up and exercise their hard-won rights in full public view. If you think you’d like to vote-in-person, we have a list of things to keep in mind when you go to vote. Avoid any mishaps: know before you go!

Important In-Person Voting Reminders
  • Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing!
  • You are prohibited from actively campaigning for candidates inside the polling place, and within 150 feet of its entrance. This includes waving signs, passing out literature, and verbal advocacy.
  • You are permitted to wear political / candidate apparel when you go to vote.
  • You may bring a Sample Ballot with you into the voting booth so that you don’t feel pressured. You can find one on this page.
  • You must provide both a signature and a photo identification. These can be the same, or different. See below for a list of accepted IDs.
  • Fill in each bubble completely – no X or checkmarks!

Acceptable ID

When voting in person, you are required to provide both photo ID and signature ID. Many forms of ID have both, including a Florida Driver’s License. Here is a list of acceptable forms of identification:

  • Florida driver’s license.
  • Florida ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • United States passport.
  • Debit or credit card.
  • Military personnel ID.
  • Student ID.
  • Retirement center ID.
  • Neighborhood / Homeowner Association ID .
  • Public assistance ID.
  • Florida concealed weapons permit.
  • Veterans Health ID.
  • State/Federal government employee ID card.
Know Your Rights
  • If you are disabled or physically unable to stand in line, speak with the poll workers or call the Supervisor of Elections at (352) 754-4125. You are entitled to special arrangements to allow you to vote.
  • If you are standing in line when polls close – DO NOT GET OUT OF LINE. You can still vote!
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, request a new one.
  • If you are asked to cast a Provisional Ballot you are entitled to an explanation; if you have time, try to remedy the issue first.
  • If you must cast a Provisional Ballot, contact the Florida Democratic Party’s Voter Protection hotline as soon as possible for assistance. Call: (833) 868-3352.
  • If you experience or suspect voter intimidation or suppression, please call the Voter Protection hotline immediately. Call: (833) 868-3352. Please try to let us know as well. Email: contact@hernandodems.org or call: (352) 587-2593.

There are two ways to vote-in-person:

Voting Early

Early Voting takes place over multiple days, generally a few weeks before the election date. For the 2020 general election, Early Voting takes place from October 19th to October 31st, 8 AM to 6 PM. Instead of going to your polling precinct (shown on your Voter ID card), there are several Early Voting locations throughout the county. Any registered Hernando County voter may vote at any Early Voting location in Hernando County.

Voting on Election Day

By law, Election Day is always on a Tuesday. For the 2020 general election, Election Day is November 3rd, from 7 AM to 7 PM. The county is divided up into numbered precincts (precincts 06, 24, etc.). Voters are assigned a polling location based on which precinct they live in. You can find your precinct number and polling location on your Voter ID card, or by clicking below to use the online voter lookup tool from the Supervisor of Elections. Unlike Early voters, Election Day voters must vote at their assigned precincts – make sure you know where yours is and make a plan to get there!

If you are a voter in Precinct 10, 21, 29, 39, 42, or 44, your polling location has changed! Make sure you know your new polling place if you plan to vote on Election Day.


Make a Plan to Vote!

Don’t procrastinate! Now that you know about your options, make a plan to vote! Make a commitment and write it down:

  1. How are you voting? Are you dropping off that mail-in ballot, Early Voting, or going old school on Election Day?
  2. Where are you voting? Whether you’re going to the drive-through drop box, heading to your precinct’s polls, or Early Voting – find the address and make sure you know how to get there!
  3. When are you voting? Date and time. Fit it into your regular routine or your day’s schedule. (Why not treat yourself? You’ve earned it!)
  4. How are you getting there? Maybe it’s obvious – you’re driving. Or maybe it’s not. Make sure you have a way to get there. If you don’t, and you need one, let us know by calling (352) 587-2593 and we’ll try to work with you.
  5. Who / what are you voting for? We’d love for you to check out our Recommendations and Endorsements – but either way, make sure you’re informed! The League of Women Voters of Florida is a great, nonpartisan organization that can help get you up to speed.