Why wait? Early voting starts this week

August 23 election includes federal, state and local races

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In-person early voting in Florida’s primary begins Monday in Duval, Bradford and Putnam counties and later this week in all 67 counties in the state. People who choose to vote by mail began casting ballots last month and nearly 800,000 Floridians have already voted.

We’re here to help you make sense of the voting process and provide some insight into what to expect on your ballot.

Who votes?

Everyone registered to vote in the state, regardless of party, can vote. Republicans and Democrats will choose their party’s nominees for congress, statewide offices, seats in the legislature and local commissions. The growing number of voters who choose not to designate a party affiliation will choose from candidates in school board races, any referendums on the ballot in your county and many city elections, including Jacksonville’s special election for sheriff.

And there are a few “open primaries,” where only candidates from one party are running but there’s no opposition in November’s general election, so the August primary is open to all voters. One example: In Florida’s 5th Congressional District seat, which represents part of Jacksonville and most of St. Johns County, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford drew two Republican opponents but no Democrats, so the primary race is open to all voters.

Between nonpartisan races and open primaries, a number of this year’s contested races will be settled this month, not in November. So don’t skip this election.

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Florida’s primary election is being held Tuesday, Aug. 23, but there are two ways to vote before election day.

Voting by mail

Voters who don’t wait to vote in person or who just choose to vote by mail must request a ballot from their county’s supervisor of elections by Aug. 13. Vote-by-mail ballots can also be picked up in person at the elections office up to and including on election day.

These ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Aug. 23. In Duval County, secure ballot drop boxes will be available at all early voting sites during operating hours (see below).

Early in-person voting

Early voting uses the same voting equipment that is used at the polls on Election Day and voters can cast a ballot at any location in their county. Early voting dates and times vary by county (see below) but it ends the weekend before the primary election. On election day, people can vote only at their assigned, neighborhood precincts, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In order to vote during early voting or on Election Day, citizens must show a current and valid picture and signature identification. (List of acceptable forms of photo identification) If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you will be required to show an additional form of identification that provides your signature. If you do not provide ID, you can cast a provisional ballot and must present proper identification at the county’s elections office by election day for your vote to count.

Early voting dates and locations for primary

Use the map above to find the closest early voting site in the county where you live or scroll down for a text listing of all poll locations and links to your supervisor of elections office for more information. (You can vote at any site in your own county during early voting. On election day you can only vote at your designated precinct.)

Duval County - August 8-21, 2022 - all sites open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Main Office, 105 E. Monroe Street
  • Argyle Branch Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Road South
  • Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach
  • Bradham-Brooks Branch Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. West
  • FSCJ Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road
  • Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.
  • Joseph Lee Community Center, 5120 Perry Street
  • Legends Community Center, 5130 Soutel Drive
  • Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Road
  • Murray Hill United Methodist Church, 4101 College Street
  • Oceanway Community Center, 12215 Sago Ave.
  • Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.
  • Prime Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water Street
  • Regency Square Branch Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.
  • San Marco Branch Library, 1513 LaSalle Street
  • South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd.
  • Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
  • University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. North
  • Webb Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887 103rd Street
  • West Branch Library, 1425 Chaffee Road South

Secure mail ballot drop box inside all Duval County early voting locations during polling hours.

Clay County - August 13-20, 2022 -- all sites open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Eagle Landing Residents Club - 3975 Eagle Landing Pkwy., Orange Park
  • Fleming Island Library - 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island
  • Keystone Heights City Hall - 555 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights
  • Middleburg Civic Center - 2102 Palmetto St., Middleburg
  • Orange Park Library - 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park
  • Supervisor of Elections Office - 500 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs
  • Thrasher-Horne Conference Center - 283 College Drive, Orange Park

St. Johns County - August 13-20, 2022 - all sites open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Office - 4455 Avenue A #101, St. Augustine
  • Julington Creek Annex - Conference Room (St. Johns County Service Center) - 725 Flora Branch Blvd., St. Johns
  • Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Southeast Branch Library - 6670 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine
  • St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach
  • Hastings Branch Library - 6195 S. Main Sreet, Hasting

Nassau County - August 10-20, 2022 - all sites open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Atlantic Recreation Center - 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach
  • Hilliard Community Center - 37177 Pecan Street, Hilliard
  • James Page Governmental Complex Supervisor of Elections Office - 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee
  • Walter Junior Boatright County Building, 45401 N. Mickler Street, Callahan
  • Yulee Sports Complex, 86142 Goodbread Road, Yulee

Putnam County - August 8-20, 2022 - all sites open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Elections Office, 2509 Crill Ave., Suite 900, Palatka
  • Interlachen Community Center, 135 S. County Road 315, Interlachen
  • South Putnam County Government Complex, 115 N. Summit Street, Crescent City

Columbia County - Oct. 22-31, 2022 - all sites open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Main Office - 971 W. Duval Street, Lake City
  • Fort White Community Center - 17579 SW State Road 47, Fort White

Baker County - August 11 to 20, 2022 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Office, 32 North 5th St., Macclenny

Bradford County - August 8 to 21 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Bradford County Courthouse, 945 N. Temple Ave., Starke

Flagler County - August 13 to 20, 2022 - all sites open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Office (located in Government Services Building), 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Building 2, Bunnell
  • Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast
  • Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast
  • Flaglet Beach United Methodist Church, 1520 S. Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach

Union County - August 13 to 20 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

  • Supervisor of Elections Office, 175 West Main Street, Lake Butler

Alachua County - August 13 to 20 - all sites open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Supervisor of Elections Office, 515 North Main Street, Suite 100, Gainesville
  • Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street., Gainesville
  • Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville
  • Orange Heights Baptist Church,16700 FL-26, Hawthorne
  • Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, 15400 Peggy Road, Alachua
  • J. Wayne Reitz Union, 655 Reitz Union Drive, UF Campus, Gainesville
  • Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center, 23100 W Newberry Road, Newberry

To check your voter status, find a sample ballot, located your designated precinct or find early voting locations and times in other Florida counties, visit dos.MyFlorida.com.


About the Author:

Digital election producer in 2022. He created WJXT.com in 1995 and managed The Local Station's website through 2021.