It's the Law - Third Party Voter Registration

Third-party registration organization: Any person, entity, or organization soliciting or collecting voter registration applications, with the exception of:
  • A person who seeks only to register to vote or collect voter registration applications from his/her spouse, child, or parent.
  • A person engaged in registering to vote or collecting voter registration applications as an employee or agent of the Florida Division of Elections, Supervisor of Elections, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or an official voter registration agency as designated by the National Voter Registration Act or State Law.

Florida law (Florida Statute 97.0575) requires that prior to engaging in any voter registration activities, a third-party voter registration organization shall complete and file form DS-DE 119 with the Florida Division of Elections.   

A third-party voter registration organization that collects voter registration applications serves as a fiduciary to the applicant, ensuring that any voter registration application entrusted to the organization, irrespective of party affiliation, race, ethnicity, or gender shall be promptly delivered to the division or the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) within 10 days of collection by an organization or any of its registration agents. If the 10th day falls on a weekend, holiday or other day on which the division or the Supervisor of Elections Office is closed, the voter registration application must be delivered to the division or the Supervisor of Elections or be postmark by the following business day.

However, if a book closing deadline for any given election for state or federal office falls within the ten day period described above, all applications collected by an organization or any of its registration agents before book closing must be delivered to the division or Supervisor of Elections on or before the book closing deadline.

Violations of timely delivery of voter registration applications will be referred to the Division of Elections.

A person who claims to have been registered by a third-party voter registration organization but who does not appear as an active voter on the voter registration rolls may Click here to download Form DS-DE 121 entitled “Form for Complaint against Third-Party Voter Registration Organization.”

We suggest you review Rule 1S-2.042 in its entirety.

It is a third degree felony under Florida law (Florida Statute 104.012)
  • To give anything of value that is redeemable in cash to any person in consideration for his or her becoming a registered voter;
  • To directly or indirectly, influence, deceive, or deter or attempt to influence, deceive, or deter any person in the free exercise of that person’s right to register to vote by bribery, menace, threat, or other corruption at any time;
  • To solicit or pay another to solicit voter registrations for compensation that is based upon the number of registrations obtained, or
  • To alter the voter registration application of any other person, without the other person’s knowledge and consent.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please call your local Supervisor of Elections office, 407.742.6000.