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Political Party Affiliation

When completing the Florida Voter Registration Application Form, one of the requested fields is Party Affiliation.  In this field, you have several options.  You can chose from one of the major political parties, one of the minor political parties, or you can select no party affiliation (NPA).  If you leave this field blank on the application form, our office will register you with no party affiliation (NPA) as a default.  For a list of political parties in Florida, click here.

Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are affiliated with or registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates for an office in a primary election.

However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which major or minor political party they are registered or even if they are registered without a specific party affiliation:

  • If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified), then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
  • If races for nonpartisan (i.e., free from party affiliation) judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation are entitled to vote those races on the ballot.

At a general election, all registered voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot. If there are write-in candidates who have qualified for a particular office, a space will be left on the ballot where their name can be written.

You will be contacted if your new application is incomplete or denied. Your Voter Information Card will be mailed to you once you are registered.  Please check your voter information for accuracy. If you do not receive a Voter Information Card within 15 days, please contact our office. 

You can update your registration record at any time, but for a Primary Election, registration books close to new registrations and party changes 29 days before an election.  Any new registrations or party changes received during the book closing period will not take effect until after the election.  

To check your registration status, register to vote, or update your registration, please click here.