Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State
For Immediate Release
December 15, 2011
Secretary Browning Announces Voter Promoter School District Campaign
Encourages school districts and their teachers to register eligible high school students to vote
TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced the start of the Voter Promoter School District Campaign, a statewide effort to help school districts and their teachers conduct voter registration drives at Florida high schools. The Voter Promoter School District Campaign provides materials and instructions to Florida’s 67 school districts to educate teachers about voter registration and help each school district register as a third party voter registration organization.
“If we can encourage more Floridians to vote as soon as they become eligible, our state and country will benefit from a more representative government,” said Secretary Browning. “By educating high school teachers about the voter registration process and giving them a simpler means to conduct registration drives, the Voter Promoter School District Campaign will help increase the accessibility of Florida elections.”
To ensure voter registration applications are submitted properly and timely, Florida law generally requires anyone collecting voter applications to be registered as or with a third party voter registration organization. In Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough and Monroe counties, collected applications must be delivered to an elections office within 10 days. For the remaining 62 Florida counties, applications must be delivered or mailed within 48 hours after being collected or until the book closing date (i.e., the 29th day before the election), whichever comes first.
Under Florida’s new election laws, once a school district is registered as a third party voter registration organization, staff and students interested in collecting voter applications can sign up as registration agents for their school district. Registration agents cannot be personally liable for any fines for untimely delivery of completed applications.
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.dos.myflorida.com/voterpromoter. For more information on how to become a third party voter registration organization, please click here.