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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
There are two ways to vote-in-person:
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:
- How are you voting? Are you dropping off that mail-in ballot, Early Voting, or going old school on Election Day?
- 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!
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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.