Register to vote online before the Feb. 18 deadline to vote in the primaries

Register to vote online before the Feb. 18 deadline to vote in the primaries

Stickers are made available to voters who cast a ballot in the midterm elections at the Polk County Election Office on October 8, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. Today was the first day of early voting in the state. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters can only vote for candidates in their registered party during the presidential primaries.

This means that if you are a Republican who plans on voting for a Democrat in the primaries, you’ll have to switch your party affiliation to in order to do so.

The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation ahead of the presidential primaries is Feb. 18.

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To register to vote or change your party affiliation online, go to RegistertoVoteFlorida.com. To check your voter registration status, visit the Florida Department of State’s voter information lookup.

A full schedule of election dates, mail-in ballot deadlines and early voting dates is available here.