MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Plan on voting during the upcoming Primary Elections? It’s time to make sure you’re registered as the deadline is fast-approaching.

The Primary Election will be held on August 26th—but being registered to vote is a requirement and the July 28th deadline is just days away.

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In order to register to vote, residents must:

  • be 18 years or older (pre-registration begins at 16);
  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a permanent resident of Miami-Dade County. There is no specific time requirement to live in Miami-Dade County to be considered a permanent resident.

Florida is a closed primary state which means that only voters who are registered members of a political party may vote for their respective party’s candidates.

The Primary Election ballot not only has party-specific races, but also nonpartisan races that are applicable to all registered voters—regardless of party affiliation.

“All Miami-Dade County registered voters are encouraged to vote in this election,” stated Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley in a press release.

Also, if voters are already registered but would like to change their party affiliation, the deadline to do so is also July 28th.

The most convenient option for those interested in registering or changing their political party should visit the Elections Department website at www.iamelectionready.org and click on “Register to Vote.” After completing the online form, it must be printed, signed and mailed to the Elections Department at:

Supervisor of Elections
P.O. Box 521550
Miami, Florida 33152

In order for the form to be valid for this election it must be postmarked by July 28.

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Another option is to hand deliver the application to the office—which is closed over the weekend. However, the office will remain open until midnight on July 28th.

Miami-Dade Elections Department

2700 NW 87 Avenue

Miami, Fl 33172

A number of other locations provide and accept voter registration applications during regular business hours:

  • Miami-Dade Elections Department Voter Information Center until 5pm

(Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street)

  • Public libraries
  • Most city, town and village halls
  • State public assistance agencies
  • Florida Driver License Bureaus

For more information, voters are encouraged to visit www.iamelectionready.org to print a voter registration form, confirm voting location, view your sample ballot, and much more. You can also call 305-499-VOTE (8683). For TTY, call 305-499-8480.

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