Important Midterm and Local Elections are happening, and our generation can make the difference at the ballot box. The issues we care about are on the line and our futures are at stake. Primaries and Local Elections are August 23, and the General Election is November 8, with early voting and vote-by-mail available before the actual election dates. Gen Z and millennials have the power to decide important races from school board to Congress, so get your friends, your family, and get ready to cast your ballot!

In fact, Florida has been ranked as a top ten state with the largest potential for youth voters to impact both gubernatorial and US Senate elections in 2022. Last time Florida had midterm elections in 2018, important races were decided by razor thin margins. Turnout in the 2018 August Primary was only 27% of registered voters and turnout in the 2018 November General Election was 63%, but South Florida and young voters turned out at lower rates than the state as a whole, so we have to change that to decide our own future.

If you’re not eligible to vote due to age, not having voting rights restored, or citizenship status, use this information to help your friends and family who are eligible get ready to hit the ballot box in August and November! Want to get more involved? Volunteer with us and we’ll contact you to share all the details.

 

What’s Your Plan To Vote?

Voter Registration
The voter registration deadline for the August 23rd Primary & Local Elections is July 25th. The voter registration deadline for the November 8th Midterm Elections is October 11th. Register to vote here. You can also update your address, your party affiliation, and check your current status here.
Vote By Mail
We love Vote-by-Mail and recommend it for those looking for an easy and reliable way to vote! Young people, senior citizens, and those without access to transportation greatly benefit from Vote-by-Mail. This is an awesome option for those not wanting to stand in line to cast ballots or those preferring to vote at their convenience in the weeks leading up to election day. Click the links below to find out more information about how to Vote-by-Mail.
  • You can request a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to you up until 5 p.m. on the 10th day before any election here. It’s important to request and mail your vote-by-mail ballot as soon as possible.
  • The ballot must be returned and arrive at the elections department by 7 p.m. on election day (it can also be dropped off at a drop box, or returned by designee – see your options here).
  • Make sure to sign your ballot with the same signature as you have on your Voter Registration card
  • USPS recommends vote by mail be mailed at least a week in advance to ensure it will arrive by Election Day. If it is a week before the election and you still have your vote by mail ballot, we recommend dropping it off or voting in person.
  • In Miami-Dade postage is prepaid by the Elections Department.
  • You can track your ballot at the Miami-Dade Elections website here to make sure it has been received.
Find our more details about voting by mail in Florida here.
Early Voting
This in-person voting alternative is an awesome option for those not wanting to stand in line to cast ballots or those preferring to vote at their convenience in the weeks leading up to election day. Early voting in Miami-Dade County begins August 8 and ends August 21. The full list of early voting locations can be found here.
Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weekends (August 13, 14, 20, and 21) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Find out more details about early voting in Miami-Dade County here.
Voting In Person
  • You can find your early voting and election day polling locations and times here.
  • Remember, if you wait to vote on Election Day, you must vote at your assigned precinct.
  • You will need identification with your name, picture and signature to vote early or on Election Day. You can get free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID here.
Restoration of Voting Rights for Returning Citizens
If you are a returning citizen who had their right to vote revoked due to prior felony status, your voting rights may have been restored. Contact the Office of Executive Clemency at 850-488-2952 to begin the process of voter rights restoration; check with the County Clerk about your charges and fees owed. If you need help paying fees, reach out to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

Elections can be overwhelming, but young people who pledge to vote with Engage are 11% more likely to turn out and cast their ballots. We send you reminders, information on your voting rights and how to vote, and voter guides that break down where candidates stand on the issues that matter most. In August, expect elections for nonpartisan local races in which everyone can participate, and closed primaries for Governor, US Senate, Congressional races and more, in which only voters registered with the party of their choice can participate. You must be registered to vote 29 days before an election in Florida. Your vote matters, so get ready to make a difference!