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Voter Education OVerview

In an election year as important as 2020, it is time to take your voter education seriously. University of South Florida Student Government has put together a guide to voting to assist you in your efforts to be a well-informed voter! 

What to expect in our Voter’s Education Guide: 

  • Deadlines are challenging but important to keep track of. We have compiled a list of the most important dates to remember so you do not miss a thing.
  • If you are not already registered to vote we have included the link to our partnership with TurboVote where you can register to vote and receive important election information. 
  • Also listed are helpful links to check your voter registration status and a precinct finder.
  • You can learn more about what it means that Florida is a closed primary state and how to adjust your voting habits to accommodate for that.
  • The numerous ways to vote have been included in detail so that you can tailor your voting experience to fit your needs whether it is through the mail, early, or election day voting! 
  • Additionally, if you live on campus you can find all the necessary information on how to register to vote with your physical residence hall address and include your on-campus mailing address so you still receive your mail. 

Important Dates

Part of being an informed voter is knowing what deadlines to keep track of. The following information is everything you need to know about when to register to vote by, early voting, and election dates!

Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 Presidential Preference Primary
Event Date Time
Deadline to register or change party February 18, 2020  
Early Voting March 2-15, 2020 10 AM - 6 PM
Vote by Mail March 17 Due by 7 PM
Election Day March 17 7 AM - 7 PM
2020 Primary Election
Event Date Time
Deadline to register or change party July 20, 2020  
Early Voting August 3-16, 2020 10 AM - 6 PM
Vote by Mail August 18, 2020 Due by 7 PM
Election Day August 18, 2020 7 AM - 7 PM
2020 General Election
Event Date Time
Deadline to register October 5, 2020  
Early Voting October 19 - November 1, 2020 7 AM - 7 PM
Vote by Mail November 3, 2020 Due by 7 PM
Election Day November 3, 2020 7 AM - 7 PM

Register to Vote

Register to Vote Online

The easiest method to register to vote is online. Use our partnership with TurboVote https://usf.turbovote.org/. Once you register with TurboVote it will remind you of upcoming elections, how to find your polling location, and give you the necessary tools to vote with confidence.

Check Your Registration Status: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

Find Your Precinct: https://www.votehillsborough.org/VOTERS/Voting-Precincts


INFORM YOUR VOTE

Closed Primaries in Florida

Florida is a closed primary election state. To vote in a primary election, specifically for the presidential race, in Florida you must be a registered Florida voter with a political party affiliation. Your political party affiliation allows you to vote in either the Republican Primary Election or the Democratic Primary Election. During the August primary, you may vote for local races using a non-partisan ballot.

If you would like to temporarily declare a party affiliation in order to participate in the primaries here are the appropriate deadlines: 

2020 Presidential Preference Primary

Deadline to register or change party: February 18, 2020

2020 Primary Election*

Deadline to register or change party: July 20, 2020

*Those that would like to vote in the primary election can do so using a nonpartisan ballot that will feature nonpartisan races.

Inform Your Vote

We encourage students to use Ballotpedia to research candidates for upcoming elections. Ballotpedia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing people about politics and is committed to neutrality in their content. The organization is completely funded by private donations and does not receive government funding. 

Disclaimer: USF Student Government does not endorse any language that suggests favor towards one candidate or another.


Cast Your Vote

There are three ways to cast your vote:

Cast your vote by Mail Ballot

To request a ballot by mail you can learn how by the following resources:

  1. Online: Vote by Mail Ballot Request
  2. By Phone: (813) 612-4180
  3. By Fax: (813) 744-5843
  4. In Person: At any of our Supervisor of Election Offices

Cast your vote an Early Voting poll

  1. Find the acceptable forms of photo identification at votehillsborough.org
  2. If you are registered to vote on campus, the early voting location is:
    • USF Teco Hall (David C. Anchin Center) 4110 USF Apple Drive, Tampa, FL 33620

Cast your vote on Election day

  1. Find the acceptable forms of photo identification at votehillsborough.org
  2. If you are registered to vote on campus, the voting location is:
    • USF Marshall Student Center, 4103 USF Cedar Dr, Tampa, FL 33620*

*You must be registered to vote at Precinct 353


Live on Campus?

Can I register to vote as a student living on campus?

Yes! You have the right to register to vote at your school address – this includes a residence hall room. Any student living in a residence hall is entitled to the same rights as any other student. To imply otherwise is illegal. 

What address should I use if I live on campus?

In order to register to vote on campus, you must register with your residence hall’s physical address, not the university’s address. In addition, there is a place on the voter registration form to include a mailing address so that you can receive your mail to your student address.

Residence Hall Physical Address

Beacon Hall
4204 USF Mulberry Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments C
4242 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments C
3701 USF Beech Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Beta Hall
12470 USF Maple Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments D
4231 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620 

Magnolia Apartments D
3705 USF Beech Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Castor Hall
4111 USF Cedar Circle
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments E
4235 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments E
3707 USF Beech Lane
Tampa, FL 33620 

Cypress Apartments C
4303 USF Dogwood Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments F
4237 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments F
3711 USF Beech Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Cypress Apartments D
4301 USF Dogwood Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments G
4241 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments G
3702 USF Beech Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Cypress Suites A
4302 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Horizon Hall 
4205 USF Mulberry Lane
Tampa, FL 33620

Maple Hall A
12480 USF Maple Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Cypress Suites B
4304 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Juniper Hall 
12030 USF Beard Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Maple Hall B
4321 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Endeavor Hall
4220 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Kosove Apartments 
12410 USF Myrtle Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Pinnacle Hall 
4210 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments A
4230 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments A
3704 USF Alumni Drive
Tampa, FL 33620 

Poplar Hall
12030 USF Beard Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Holly Apartments B
4236 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Magnolia Apartments B
3710 USF Alumni Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Summit Hall 
4219 USF Mulberry Lane
Tampa, FL 33620