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Voter registration deadline for 2020 Primary Election is July 20

Press release from Alachua County Supervisor of Elections

The voter registration deadline for the 2020 Primary Election is July 20. Additionally, any voter who desires to change his or her party affiliation must do so by the July 20 deadline for it to be in effect for this election.

All Alachua County voters will be able to vote in this election, which will be held August 18.

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning that voters who want to vote in a partisan primary election must be a registered voter in the party for which the primary is being held. 

Voters registered with the Florida Democratic Party by July 20 will vote in Democratic contests, while voters registered with the Republican Party of Florida by that date will vote in Republican contests. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will vote in nonpartisan contests, such as those for seats on the Alachua County School Board.

Registered voters are encouraged to verify and update voter registrations. This can be done at https://www.votealachua.com/My-Registration-Status or by calling 352-374-5252.There are numerous ways for prospective voters to register:

  • Online: Florida residents can register to vote online. The online voter registration portal — found at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov — is a safe and secure option for voter registration.
  • In person: The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections’ office, located in Gainesville at 515 N. Main St. on the third floor of the Josiah T. Walls Building, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registrations can also be completed and turned in at any Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office or Alachua County Public Library.
  • After hours: The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections’ office has a secure after-hours drop box outside its main entrance. Completed forms received through the drop box by 11:59 p.m. July 20 will be accepted.
  • By mail: Forms are available online at VoteAlachua.com. Mailed forms must be completed and postmarked by the July 20 deadline.

Currently registered Florida voters will be able to update their information through Election Day. It is recommended that they do so sooner, however, as it could mean a change in voters’ assigned polling places.

For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 352-374-5252.