F.A.Q. - Voting At The Polls

What hours are the polls open in Duval County?

On Election Day, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Early voting centers will also be available throughout the county, prior to elections. However, the timeframe for the early voting centers will not be announced until closer to each election.


Where should I go to vote? 

Your voter information card shows the precinct, polling place, and voting districts for your address. On Election Day, you must vote in the precinct in which you live. Please make sure that we have your current address so that your name will appear on the correct poll register. Early voting centers, along with the times and dates of operation, will be announced prior to Election Day.

If your polling location changes, you will receive a new voter information card through the mail. Your polling location will also be on the sample ballot you receive in the mail prior to the election dates.

If you have moved and/or cannot find your voter information card, you should contact our office at 255-8683 for instructions.  


Do I need to bring anything with me in order to vote?

 Yes. Florida law requires you to have a photo and signature identification. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

  • A Florida Driver License

  • Florida ID Card issued by a State Agency

  • U.S. Passport

  • Military ID

  • Student ID

  • Retirement Center ID

  • Veteran health ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06, F.S.

  • Employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or municipality.


If you do not have a proper ID, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.


Voting a Provisional Ballot 

If you vote a provisional ballot solely because you did not provide an acceptable photo and signature identification at the polls, you do not need to provide any further evidence of your eligibility in order for your ballot to count. You will be provided a written notice of your rights as a provisional ballot voter. (Section 101.048, F.S.) The local Canvassing Board will simply compare your signature on the provisional ballot certificate with the signature on your voter registration record. If the signatures match, your provisional ballot will be counted.

If you vote a provisional ballot for other reasons (for example, your eligibility is challenged by another person, you are in the wrong precinct when you vote, you do not appear on the precinct register, etc.), you will be provided written notice of your right to present evidence of your eligibility. You must provide the evidence to your respective Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 pm, of the second day following the election. (Section 101.048, F.S.) The local Canvassing Board will examine your provisional ballot certificate and all other information and evidence available. Then based on a preponderance of the evidence, the board will determine whether to count your provisional ballot.

Instructions on how to find out if your provisional ballot was counted, and if not, the reason(s) why, will be contained in your notice of rights handed to you at the time that you vote a provisional ballot. Information as to whether your provisional ballot was counted or not must be made available no later than 30 days following the election. (Sections 101.048(5)-(6), F.S.) 


What type of voting machines does Duval County use?

 Duval County uses both optical-scan voting machines and AutoMARK voting machines at all voting precincts and early voting centers. The AutoMARK machines are equipped with audio capabilities and magnification features for any voter to use, including those with special needs.