Elections in Florida are held in all even-numbered years. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and members of the Florida Cabinet are elected every four years. Members of the Florida House of Representatives are elected every two years, while members of the Florida Senate are elected every four years. Candidates for the Florida legislature may serve no more than 8 years in either chamber. To vote in an election, you must be registered by the 29th day before the election. Florida offers early voting, which begins 15 days before an election and ends on the 2nd day before an election.
Primary Election – Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Florida is a closed primary state. Only voters who are registered party members may vote for their respective party’s candidates in the primary election. However, if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified voters regardless of party affiliation may vote in the primary election for that office. Closing date for registering to vote in the primary is July 26, 2010. Early voting begins August 9, 2010.
General Election – Tuesday, November 2, 2010
In the general election, all voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or initiative on the ballot. If there are write-in candidates, a space will be left on the ballot where a write-in candidate’s name may be written. Candidates who are unopposed for the general election will be elected automatically to the position. Closing date for registering to vote in the general election is October 4, 2010. Early voting begins October 18, 2010.