Guide to the 2016 Florida Primary

Florida voters headed to the polls on Primary Day Tuesday with a number of important races needing to be decided.

Polls opened in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Anyone who is in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with signature. If the voter’s picture ID does not contain a signature, an additional document with signature may be used. If you don't have a valid and current identification, you may be asked to vote using a provisional ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Florida driver's license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood Association identification
  • Public Assistance identification

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for respective party candidates for an office in a primary election.

Aside from some rainy weather, only a couple minor issues were reported at polling places Tuesday.

At Miami Gardens Elementary, the power went out but was quickly fixed. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a long-time polling place, was closed due to Zika spraying, and voters were directed down the street to City Hall.

In Miami-Dade about 50,000 participated in early voting, with about 130,000 voting by absentee ballots. In Broward, about 43,000 early votes were cast and more than 77,000 by mail.

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The biggest race for registered Republicans in Florida will be for Senate, where incumbent Marco Rubio looks to keep his seat after dropping out and re-entering the race. He'll try to fend off three challengers, including businessman Carlos Beruff.

Democrats will also have their say in the Senate race, with five contenders on the ballot. The President Obama-backed Rep. Patrick Murphy and Rep. Alan Grayson.

In South Florida, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seeks to keep her seat in the 23rd District following her resignation as Democratic National Committee chairwoman. She'll try to fend off Tim Canova, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University and a first-time candidate.

Perhaps the most important local election for Miami-Dade voters will be for county mayor, where current Mayor Carlos Gimenez faces ex-Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado.

For complete information on Primary Day in Miami-Dade, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.

For complete information on Primary Day in Broward, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.

For complete information on Primary Day in Monroe, including polling places and sample ballots, click here.

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