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WPTV Decision 2022 voter information guide

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Posted at 2:19 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-29 11:13:37-04

WPTV.com wants to make it simple for you to vote in this important election year.

Below is a county-by-county guide for information on how to register, where to vote and what you need to know about the democratic process.

Am I eligible to vote?

The short answer is, most likely, yes, provided you meet a few basic requirements.

In order to register to vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America (a lawful permanent resident is not a U.S. citizen for registration and voting purposes);
  • Be a Florida resident;
  • Be at least 18 years old (you may preregister if you are 16 years old);
  • Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having had your voting rights restored;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony in Florida, or any other state, without your civil rights having been restored;
  • Provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have a current and valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have any of the above, check the appropriate box provided on the voter registration application.

What do I need on Election Day?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.

In order to vote, you must provide a Florida driver's license, identification card, U.S. passport or some other form of photo identification with signature.

How does Florida being a closed-primary state impact my vote?

Because Florida is a closed-primary state, only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates or nominees during a primary election.

'Insert Ballots Here' message on Palm Beach County ballot box

There may be times when all registered voters can participate in a primary election, regardless of political affiliation. They are:

  • If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election, then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office.
  • If races for nonpartisan judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation, are entitled to vote.

A person can register with a party or change his or her party affiliation at any time, but he or she must do so by the registration deadline for that primary election.

Important Dates

July 25: Deadline to register for primary election and/or change party affiliation
Aug. 13: 5 p.m. deadline to request vote-by-mail ballot for primary election
Aug. 23: Primary election and 7 p.m. deadline to return vote-by-mail ballot
Oct. 11: Deadline to register for general election
Oct. 29: 5 p.m. deadline to request vote-by-mail ballot for general election
Nov. 8: General election and 7 p.m. deadline to return vote-by-mail ballot

Palm Beach County

Martin County

St. Lucie County

Indian River County

Okeechobee County

Important Races

Florida Governor

Republican Candidates
Ron DeSantis (incumbent)

Democratic Candidates
Charlie Crist, congressman for Florida's 13th congressional district
Cadance Daniel, Jacksonville consultant
Nikki Fried, Florida agriculture commissioner
Robert Willis, Cocoa elementary school teacher and Baptist minister

Other Candidates
Piotr Blass (write-in)
Kyle Gibson (write-in)
Carmen Jackie Gimenez (no party affiliation)
Jodi Gregory Jeloudov (no party affiliation)
Hector Roos (Libertarian Party)
James Thompson (write-in)

U.S. Senate

Republican Candidates
Marco Rubio (incumbent)

Democratic Candidates
Ricardo De La Fuente, son of perennial candidate who qualified before deadline
Val Demings, congresswoman for Florida's 10th congressional district
Brian Rush, Tampa man who qualified before deadline
William Sanchez, Miami immigration lawyer

Other Candidates
Uloma Umo Ekpete (write-in)
Steven B. Grant (no party affiliation)
Edward A. Gray (write-in)
Howard Knepper (write-in)
Dennis Misigoy (Libertarian Party)
Tuan TQ Nguyen (no party affiliation)
Moses Quiles (write-in)

U.S. House

Democratic Candidates, Florida's 20th Congressional District
Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (incumbent)
Dale Holness, former Broward County mayor
Anika Omphroy, Florida Representative from Lauderdale Lakes (website)

Republican Candidate, Florida's 20th Congressional District
Drew Montez Clark, Plantation doctor

Democratic Candidate, Florida's 21st Congressional District
Corinna Balderramos Robinson, U.S. Army veteran from Port St. Lucie

Republican Candidates, Florida's 21st Congressional District
Jeff Buongiorno, Gulf Stream businessman
Melissa Martz, Royal Palm Beach attorney
Brian Mast*
Ljubo Skrbic, Palm Beach doctor

Democratic Candidates, Florida's 22nd Congressional District
Lois Frankel*

Republican Candidates, Florida's 22nd Congressional District
Deborah Adeimy, West Palm Beach financial adviser
Peter Arianas, Wellington businessman
Rod Dorilas, attorney and U.S. Navy veteran from Wellington
Dan Franzese, Palm Beach businessman
Carrie Lawlor, Lake Worth businesswoman

Democratic Candidates, Florida's 23rd Congressional District
Allen Ellison, former Democratic congressional nominee from Sebring
Michelangelo Hamilton, Boca Raton business owner
Hava Holzhauer, former prosecutor from Boca Raton
Jared Moskowitz, former Florida Division of Emergency Management Director from Coral Springs
Ben Sorensen, Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor
Mike Trout, former congressional candidate from Boca Raton

Republican Candidates, Florida's 23rd Congressional District
Joe Budd, Boca Raton resident and Palm Beach County State Committeeman
Darlene Cerezo Swaffar, Deerfield Beach insurance broker
Steven Chess, retired chiropractor from Fort Lauderdale
Christy McLaughlin, former congressional candidate from Boynton Beach
Myles Perrone, Coral Springs resident
Jim Pruden, Coconut Creek lawyer
Ira Weinstein, retired lawyer from Fort Lauderdale

* currently represents congressional district that has been redrawn for 2022 election

Attorney General

Republican Candidate
Ashley Moody (incumbent)

Democratic Candidates
Aramis Ayala, former state attorney for Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit
Jim Lewis, Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney
Daniel Uhlfelder, Santa Rosa Beach civil attorney

Chief Financial Officer

Republican Candidate
Jimmy Patronis (incumbent)

Democratic Candidate
Adam Hattersley, former representative for Florida House District 59

Agriculture Commissioner

Democratic Candidate
Naomi Esther Blemur, founder of Esther's House in North Miami
J.R. Gaillot, former Democratic nominee for Congress
Ryan Morales, Clermont small business owner of marketing firm

Republican Candidates
James W. Shaw, Vero Beach businessman
Wilton Simpson, Florida Senate president

Florida Senate

Democratic Candidate, Florida Senate District 24
Bobby Powell, Florida Senator for District 30 (unopposed)*

Republican Candidate, Florida Senate District 24
Eric Ankner, Lake Worth businessman (unopposed)

Democratic Candidate, Florida Senate District 26
Lori Berman, Florida Senator for District 31 (unopposed)*

Republican Candidate, Florida Senate District 26
Steve Byers, Delray Beach businessman
Bill Wheelen, former congressional candidate from Wellington

Democratic Candidate, Florida Senate District 30
Tina Polsky, Florida Senator for District 29*

Republican Candidate, Florida Senate District 30
Bill Reicherter, Parkland resident

* currently represents state district that has been redrawn for 2022 election

Click here for complete candidate listings for the 2022 primary and general elections.