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Selecting a Political Party

Florida is a “closed primary state,” which means that a voter may only vote in a primary for the party with which he/she is registered. A voter registered without a party affiliation may only vote in nonpartisan contests during a primary election.

If all candidates in a contest on the primary ballot have the same party affiliation and there is no opposition in the general election, all eligible voters may vote in the race, which is called a “universal primary.”

Select a political party in the Party Affiliation menu on the online voter registration application or check the box of the political party with which you wish to register on a paper Voter Registration Application (Spanish): Florida Democratic Party, Republican Party of Florida or a minor political party. Persons wishing to register without selecting a political party should select "No party affiliation." The Division of Elections provides a complete list of registered political parties on its website.  

All registered voters may vote in a General Election regardless of political party affiliation. 

Party changes may be made at any time by completing a Voter Registration Application and selecting "Record Update/Change" or by completing a voter registration application and mailing it to the Supervisor of Elections. However, state law requires that party changes be made at least 29 days prior to a partisan primary election in order to be valid for that election. 

Confirm your current political party online now.

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Julie Marcus ● Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

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13001 Starkey Rd.
Largo, FL 33773
(Starkey Lakes Corporate Center)

Pinellas County Courthouse

315 Court Street, Room 117
Clearwater, FL 33756

County Building

501 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(Fifth Street North Entrance)

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