Frequently Asked Questions
can I register to vote?
here for registration locations
I have to be a United States Citizen to register to vote?
You must be a United States Citizen to register to vote.
I register to vote if I have been convicted of a felony?
your civil rights have been restored. To find out if your civil rights have
been restored, contact:
Office of Executive Clemency
I register in Martin County if I live here part of the year and in another state part
of the year?
However, Martin County must be your primary residence and you must only be registered
here. By law, you cannot be registered in two places at once.
do I register if I do not have a permanent address?
your temporary address and notify the Supervisor of Elections office when you have
a permanent address. If you no longer maintain or do not plan to have a permanent
address in Martin County, but intend to remain a resident of this county, you may
use the main office address of the Supervisor of Elections. This address is
135 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994.
I have to declare a political party?
are not required to declare a party preference. However, Florida is a closed
primary state. In a primary election, voters may only vote for the candidates
in their party. By not selecting a party, you limit your vote in the primaries
to only judges and issues. The only exception is a Universal Primary
Contest or "UPC". A UPC is a contest in a primary election in which
all candidates have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition
in the general election. All qualified electors may vote on a UPC regardless
of party affiliation.
if I cannot sign my name on the application?
your mark or an "X" in the signature box.
A Power of Attorney's signature does not make an application complete. The signature
must come from the applicant.
do I change my address, party affiliation or name?
you have moved within Martin County, you may change your address online, by phone,
written notice or by submitting a Voter Registration Application to the
Supervisor of Elections.
may change your party or name by providing a signed written notice, including your
date of birth, or submeit a Voter Registration Application to the Supervisor of Elections.
do I need to update my signature?
ballots and petitions for candidates or issues are verified by an elector's signature. If
the signature on file does not match the signature on the absentee ballot or petition
they will not be accepted. A voter's signature evolves with time under normal circumstances
and change is a part of the maturation process. Each elector should provide
the elections office with an update of his or her signature particularly when they
notice there has been a change.
there a deadline to register to vote?
registration deadline (book closing date) is 29 days before an election. You
must register before the book closing date in order to vote in that election. You
may submit your application to register to vote after the deadline, but you will not
be added to the voter rolls until after the election.
I have to re-register to vote before each election?
registration is permanent if you have voted in at least one of the last two general
elections and have not moved out of the county.
I have to register somewhere else for city elections?
there is one central voter roll in each county that is used for all city, county,
state, and national elections. You must live within the political boundaries
of the city to vote in city elections.
completing a Voter Registration Application, when will I receive a voter I.D. card?
three weeks after the application is received by the Supervisor of Elections office.
here to download a Voter Registration Application
do I know where to vote?
here to find your precinct
is early voting available?
Voting begins 10 days prior to each election and runs from Saturday to Saturday.
hours are the polls open on Election Day?
a.m. to 7 p.m.
I have moved, can I vote in my old precinct?
it is illegal to vote in a precinct in which you do not reside. Contact
the Supervisor of Elections office for more information.
identification do I need in order to vote?
signed photo I.D.
is eligible for a Vote By Mail ballot?
you are registered to vote in Martin County, you are entitled to vote by mail.
are Vote By Mail ballots available?
30 days prior to each election.
a Power of Attorney sign ballot for someone other than himself/herself?
is very important to keep signatures updated with the Supervisor of Elections, because
if the signature on file does not match the signature on the ballot, the ballot
will not be counted.
do I return my ballot?
ballot can be mailed or hand delivered to the Elections
Center. The ballot must be returned in the envelope provided
which must include the voter's signature. Voted ballots must be received
at the Elections Center by 7:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted. A
Vote By Mail ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place.