Want to vote in Florida's presidential preference primary? Check or update your voter registration by Feb. 18.

If you want to vote in Florida's presidential preference primary, the deadline to register to vote — or update your registration — is Tuesday, Feb.18.


You can check your registration status or register to vote using the state's official online tools at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. Have questions? See if they're answered below.


Who can vote in the presidential preference primary?


Only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in this primary. If you'd like to change your party affiliation, you can do so at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.


Local nonpartisan elections may be held at the same time as the primary, however. Any registered voter can vote in these elections; check your county Supervisor of Elections website for details.


How can I make sure I'm registered to vote?


Check your registration status using Florida's official online tool.


I'm registering to vote in Florida for the first time, what do I need?


If you have a Florida driver's license or Florida identification card, you can register online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.


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You can also register to vote while using the services of any of the following agencies:


Tax collector's office that issues driver's licenses or Florida ID cards


Florida driver's license office


A voter registration agency, such as the Department of Children and Families or Department of Veteran's Affairs. For a full list, visit the Division of Elections website.


Finally, you can submit a form by mail or in person. Forms are available online (in English and in Spanish) or at the following locations:


Your county Supervisor of Elections office


Your local library


Any location authorized to issue fishing, hunting, or trapping permits


If you choose this method, the form contains instructions on how to complete your registration.


I want to register, but I don't have a Florida driver's license or Florida identification card.


– You can register to vote without a Florida driver's license or Florida ID card. Include a copy one of the following with your application:


– A copy of an ID that shows your name and photo. This could be a US Passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, or public assistance ID


– A copy of an official document that shows your name and current residence address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document


However, the IDs above are not required if:


– You are 65 or older.


– You have a temporary or permanent physical disability.


– You are a member of the active uniformed services or merchant marine who is absent from the county for active duty, or are a spouse or dependent thereof.


– You are currently living outside the U.S. but otherwise eligible to vote in Florida.


I'm already registered to vote, but I need to change my party affiliation, address, or something else. How do I do that?


You can do so online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, or use any of the other methods listed above.


What date is the presidential preference primary in Florida?


Florida's presidential primary is on March 17.


What if I won't be in town on March 17?


You can request a vote-by-mail ballot from your county Supervisor of Elections.


You can also vote early from March 7 through 14, and on even more days in some counties. Check your county Supervisor of Elections website for more information.


I have questions about voting that aren't answered here.


Visit the Florida Division of Elections website for more information about registering to vote, updating your registration, the presidential preference primary, and more.


This story originally published to naplesnews.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.