ORLANDO, Fla. — Polling places in all nine  Central Florida counties have opened their doors to early voting for the November election.

Voters in Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole began casting their ballots Monday morning. Sumter's polls opened Tuesday and Volusia's on Wednesday. Marion voters got underway Thursday.

What You Need To Know

  • Early voting has begun in all nine Central Florida counties

  • Poll hours vary by county

  • Early voters don't need to go to an assigned location — pick whichever is more convenient

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Early voting dates and times by county

Oct. 24-Nov. 5
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 24-Nov. 5
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 24-Nov. 5
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 27-Nov. 5
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 24-Nov. 6
8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Oct. 24-Nov. 6
9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 24-Nov. 6
7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 25-Nov. 5
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 26-Nov. 5
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Orange County election workers transform libraries into polling places

Election workers in 20 polling places in Orange County have transformed places like libraries into polling places ahead of a very big couple of weeks. The prep work to make it all happen is a months-long process.

Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said he hopes it will be a successful and smooth election season.

"We start over 18 months out determining, based on the law, what sites we can use," Cowles said.

The preparations this go around were a bit easier, given the last time voters cast their ballot was only a few months ago.

"We’ve already done it once. We have the advantage right now that we had already done the primary elections at the same 20 sites," Cowles said.

With polls running until 8 p.m. in Orange County, officials said they hope the hours will make it easier for people to come by after their shifts.

"The idea was (that) people like to vote at their convenience based on their work schedule. And we’re a service industry community, and most people don’t work a typical 8-5 job," Cowles said.

Lake County makes early voting easier, says elections supervisor

Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays said most voters are accustomed to either voting early or voting on Election Day.

"And we just welcomed the opportunity to serve them," Hays said.

Unlike on Election Day, voters don't need to go to an assigned polling place to early vote. During early voting, ballots can be cast at any open poll in the voter's county. However, on Election Day, voters must go to their specific precincts. Many locations have changed so be sure to double-check.

Registered voters must bring a photo ID that includes their signature to cast their ballots. If the picture identification does not contain a signature, voters will be asked to show an additional identification that includes their signature.

Mail-in ballot voters in Lake County should already have received their ballots.

"The rules are the same for this election, as they were for the primary. There are certain regulations, you can take a ballot of your spouse, or your children or somebody like that immediate family members. But you're not allowed to have more than two other (ballots)," Hays said. 

Lake County voters may still be waiting on their sample ballot because a county contractor sent them out later than expected. Orange County voters should have received theirs already.