Campus Voting Data

The Florida Secretary of State, through the Division of Elections, issued an advisory opinion in 2014 holding that on-campus buildings could not used for early voting. Students at the University of Florida and Florida State University, supported by the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Florida, sued the Secretary to invalidate the opinion.

During a 2018 trial, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker considered if the opinion "categorically bar[ring] early voting on any university or college campus violate[d] the First, Fourteenth, and Twenty-Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution." Walker ruled that the opinion was unconstitutional as "[t]hrowing up roadblocks in front of younger voters does not remotely serve the public interest." Walker held that the Secretary erred in interpreting Florida’s election statutes to prohibit campus buildings from being used for early voting.

Following Walker's ruling, Florida supervisors of election were able to provide early voting on university and college campuses beginning with the 2018 midterm election. Ten universities—Florida A&M University (FAMU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Florida International University (FIU), Florida State University (FSU), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Florida (UF), University of North Florida (UNF), University of South Florida (USF), and University of West Florida (UWF)—had on-campus early voting locations in 2018.

The charts below show statistics for votes cast at on-campus polling places at Florida universities during the 2018 and 2020 general elections.

2020 General Election Statistics

Note: Under Florida law, the minimum period for early voting was October 24 to 31, 2020. Counties could choose to offer additional early voting on dates between October 19 and November 1.Data sources: FAMU, FAU, FIU, FSU, NSU, UCF, UF, USF, UWF

2018 General Election Statistics

Note: Florida State University and Florida A&M University shared a polling site in 2018.

Descriptive Statistics for 2018 and 2020 General Elections

Note: Florida State University and Florida A&M University shared a polling site in 2018 but had independent sites in 2020. The University of North Florida did not have an on-campus polling place in 2020.Last updated: November 1, 2020 22:17 EST