Brevard: Election Day Tips

Source: Brevard Elections Office

The polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Election Day. In general, the peak voting times are 7 AM to 8 AM, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM. If possible, voters are encouraged to vote at a time other than these peak voting periods. All eligible voters in line at their polling place at 7 PM will be allowed to vote, regardless of the length of the line.

Find out where you are assigned to vote before Election Day. Your voter information card has the name and address of your polling place, or you can obtain it by using the online voter status verification form. Be sure that you know how to get to your polling place; if you don't, contact the Elections Office for directions (before Election Day, if possible).

Per Florida Statute 101.045, you must vote in the precinct of your legal residence. We recommend that you change your address with us prior to Election Day. However, you may change your address at the polls on Election Day provided you are an eligible voter registered in Florida and: you are moving from one address to another within Brevard County or you are moving from another county within Florida. If you do not meet one of these criteria, you will be permitted to vote a provisional ballot.

To be allowed to vote you must show a valid form of identification, which must contain the voter's name, photograph and signature and must not be expired. Here is a list of the acceptable forms of identification.

The identification which is required and checked at the polls is used solely to confirm the voter’s identity, not to verify the voter’s identification number or address. The photograph on the identification is compared to the person standing before the poll worker and the signature on the card is compared to the voter's signature on the precinct roster.

If you are voting at a school, you should avoid voting at the arrival and dismissal time for the school.

Use the sample ballot mailed to you by the elections office or available on this web site to decide how you want to vote before you go into the polling place. This is particularly helpful when there are many races as well as a large number of constitutional amendments and/or referendums on the ballot (this is typical in the November elections in even numbered years). You may bring marked sample ballots into the polls to help you remember how you want to vote; however, you may not leave them in the voting booths or show them to other voters in line.

While they are in their polling place voting, voters may wear t-shirts, buttons, hats, etc., which express their political preferences as long as they are not actively campaigning (see Division of Elections Opinion 82-13)

If you need assistance in voting due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write, you may have someone of your choice (or two pollworkers) assist you in voting. You may not have your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union assist you in voting [Section 101.051(1), Florida Statutes]. In addition, accessible touchscreen ballot marking devices are available at each polling place.

If you suspect that you have encountered voter fraud, you can report it to the Division of Elections at 877-868-3737 (this is a toll free number). More information on voter fraud can be found on the Division of Elections fraud complaint web site.

No photography is permitted in the polling room or early voting area, except for an elector’s own ballot. (s. 102.031(5) F.S.)

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