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FAQs - Voter Registration



 

Q.  Who can register to vote?

A.  Anyone who is: 18 years or older (you may pre-register when you are 16 years old), a citizen of the United States, and a permanent resident of Clay County.
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Q.  Who cannot register to vote?

A.  Anyone who does not meet the requirements for registration; anyone declared mentally incompetent that has not had his/her voting rights restored; anyone convicted of a felony that has not had his/her civil rights restored; any non-US citizen residing in the United States.
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Q.  How do I register to vote?

A.  In Clay County there are many agencies where you can register to vote or get a registration form or you may register online. If you need more information regarding the closest agency, or to obtain a form by mail, contact our office any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (904) 284-6350 or (904) 269-6350.

You may pick up a Voter Registration form at:

  • The Supervisor of Elections Office
  • Driver's License Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Public Assistance Agencies  
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Armed Forces Recruitment Offices
  • City Halls
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Locations that issue Hunting / Fishing Licenses
  • Offices that serve persons with disabilities including centers for independent living
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Q.  What are the Voter Registration Deadlines (Book Closings)?

A.  Voters must be registered at least 29 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election. Applications sent through the mail must be postmarked at least 29 days before an election.
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Q.  What information must be provided on the application for the registration application to be valid?

A.  Full Name, Date of Birth, Address of Legal Residence (address where you live, not a mailing address), Valid Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Number, if you have not been issued a Florida license or ID you must include the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your signature. Also, lines 1 through 3 of the application must be checked indicating that you are a U.S. citizen; not a convicted felon, or if you are, your voting rights have been restored, and you have not been judged to be mentally incapacitated, or if you have, your voting rights have been restored.
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Q.  How do I register if I do not have a permanent address?

A.  Fill in your temporary address and notify the Supervisor of Elections office when your address becomes permanent. If you no longer maintain or do not plan to have a permanent address in Clay County , but intend to remain a resident of this county, you may request assignment to the precinct of the main office of the Supervisor of Elections. This physical address to be used in this case is 1 Clay County, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043; a mailing address must be provided. You must also supply a completed Declaration of Domicile from the Clerk of Courts office.
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Q.  What happens if I do not make an entry in the party affiliation section of the application?

A.  If you leave this section blank you will be registered without party affiliation. The Supervisor will notify you by mail that you have been registered without party affiliation with instructions on how to designate a party affiliation if desired. Florida is a "closed primary state." If you wish to be eligible to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary elections in Florida, you must be registered with that political party.
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Q.  What if I cannot sign my name on the application?

A.  Place your mark or an "X" in the signature box. 
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Q.  Do I have to re-register to vote before each election?

A.  No.
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Q.  Do I have to register somewhere else for city elections?

A.  No, 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.
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Q.  After completing a voter registration application, when will I receive my voter information card?

A.  Normally, 2 weeks after the application is received by the Supervisor of Elections Office.
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Q.  What do I do if I have a change in Name, Address, or Party Affiliation?

A.  Complete a Florida Voter Registration Application Form and mail it to the Supervisor of Elections Office. The form is also available Online

NOTE:   If you are currently registered in Clay County and have a new Clay County address you can  do this by calling the office or by completing a form Online.
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Q.  Can I register to vote by mail?

A.  Yes. However, special certification requirements apply if you do not have a Florida driver's license or Florida identification card or social security number and you are a first time voter applying by mail.  If you register by mail you must provide a copy of your photo identification or a bank statement, utility bill, Government check, paycheck or government document(Excluding voter identification cards) with your name or address.  Certain categories of persons do not have to provide the identification at the time of registering which include:

  • Persons 65 years of age or older.
  • Persons with a temporary or permanent physical disability.
  • Members, spouse or dependent of uniformed service on active duty who, by reason of such active duty, are absent from the county on election day.
  • Members, spouse or dependent of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, are absent from the county on election day.
  • Persons currently residing outside the United States who are eligible to vote in Florida.
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