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Myths and Facts about Voting

MYTH: My driver’s license address does not match the address that I used to register to vote, therefore I cannot vote.

FACT: The purpose of bringing a driver’s license to the voting polling site is because it is required to have a form of identification with your photo and signature. The address component of the driver’s license plays no role in the allowance of a voter.

MYTH: Voters will be turned away if they are wearing campaign apparel.

“Voters may wear campaign buttons, shirts, hats, or any other campaign 
items when they enter the polling place to vote; voters may not 
otherwise campaign there.” (From the Polling Place Procedures Manual 
incorporated within Rule 1S-2.034, Florida Administrative Code).  So, merely going to the polls wearing campaign paraphernalia is
 OK, but, by statute (s. 102.031(4), Florida Statutes), one cannot
 solicit voters within 100 foot of the entrance to any polling place.

MYTH: If you are Florida college student, you have to change your permanent residence to your college address.

FACT: If a college student registers with a legal 
residence in a Florida county, then no further proof of residency is
 required, regardless of where the college student’s parents reside or 
whether the student intends to move back to where the parents are 

MYTH: Absentee ballots are only counted when there is a close race.

All absentee ballots are counted if properly executed, which includes 
making sure that the return envelope is signed and that the signature 
matches the voter’s signature on record.

(Source: Florida Division of Elections)

Special Note for Students Living on Campus

Students who live on campus need to have a “street address” to register to vote. A PO box or Hall are not enough. You can find out the street address of your residency hall here:

For Students Who Need Assistance with Registering to Vote

The Florida State University Student Disability Center can provide interpretive services for students who need assistance in registering to vote. 

Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way 
108 Student Services Building 
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167 
850/644-9566 (VOICE) | 850/644-8504 (TDD)


Leon County Supervisor of Elections
Ion V. Sancho, Supervisor 
Office hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm 
Phone:  (850) 606-8683 
Fax:  (850) 606-8601 
Physical Address: 
Leon County Supervisor Of Elections Office 
315 South Calhoun Street, Suite 110 
Tallahassee FL 32301

If registered to vote in another Florida county

Students claiming residency in another Florida county who have not established domicile in Leon County can vote by absentee ballot through their county supervisor of elections. Please see for information regarding requesting and voting by absentee ballot.

Residents of Other States

Students claiming out of state residency can register to vote through their respective office of elections for their state of residence. The United States Election Assistance Commission maintains a form that can be mailed to your office of elections for your state of residence:

After registering, you will need to request an absentee ballot in order to vote.

Please see for a list of election offices by state, you will need to contact your respective office in order to find out the procedure and deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot.