Voter Registration Information

How to Register to Vote | Registration Deadlines | Request a Voter Registration Form

How to Register to Vote

If you satisfy the following requirements, then you may register and vote in Manatee County :

·         Be a citizen of the United States.

·         Be a legal Florida Resident.

·         Be 18 years old (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old but can not vote until you are 18 years old).

·         Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state, without having
          the right to vote restored.

·         Not have been convicted of a felony, without your civil rights having been restored.

·         Provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card number.  If you do not have a
          current and valid Florida driver's license or Florida identification card, you must provide the last four digits of your Social
          Security number.

Registering is as simple as completing the application and mailing it to the Supervisor of Elections Office  Once you are registered, you are eligible to vote in all federal, state, county and municipal (if you are a city resident) elections.  If you move from Florida , you must register in the new state of residency.

You may obtain a voter registration application at any of the following locations:

·         The Supervisor of Elections Office

·         Many Local Banks

·         Driver's License Offices

·         Public Libraries

·         Social service agencies

·         City Halls

·         Chamber of Commerce

You may also call the Supervisor of Elections for a site near you or to have a voter 
registration form mailed to you or complete a voter registration form online here.

Once you have completed your voter registration application, mail or deliver it to the
Supervisor of Elections office. If your application is complete and you qualify as a voter, 
a voter identification card will be mailed to you as official notification that you are registered (approximately two weeks).


Registration Deadlines

Registration books close 29 days before any election.

All new registration applications and party change requests must be received by a voter registration agency or postmarked on or before that date to be eligible to vote in the election.


Florida Voter Registration Application Form

The Florida Voter Registration Application Form is used to register voters in the State of Florida.  You can complete a Florida Voter Registration Application Form online by clicking here.



Change Your Name, Address, Party Affiliation, Update Your Signature or
Apply for a Replacement Card

After you are registered to vote it is important to keep your voter registration record up to date.


Address Change:  If you move within a county after you have registered to vote, notify your Supervisor of Elections.  You may make the change in person, by phone, email or by signed application or other signed written notice.  You must provide your date of birth.

If you move  to another Florida county, you must use a Florida Voter Registration Application to change your address.  However, if you provide the information directly to your Supervisor of Elections of the county of the new residence, you may make the change in person, by phone, by email or by signed written notice.  You must provide your date of birth.

Federal and State laws require you to vote in your precinct of residence.

Online Address Change Form - Use this form for address changes within Manatee County or
if you are moving into Manatee County from anther Florida county.

Party Change:  You can change your party affiliation by any signed written notice (voter registration application, or a written note).  It must include your date of birth or voter registration number.

Name Change:  If your name changes by marriage or other legal process, submit the change in a signed written notice (voter registration application, or a written note).  It must include your date of birth or voter registration number.

Card Replacement:  You can request a new voter information by any signed written notice.  (voter registration application, written note).  It must include your date of birth or voter registration number.

Signature Update:   You must submit signature updates using a voter registration application.  In order for the signature update to be used for signature comparisons in canvassing absentee and provisional ballots, the update must be received before canvassing of absentee ballots begins.  Canvassing may begin as early as 15 days before an election.

A new voter information card will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after the request is received by the elections office.