Florida elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Florida held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (27 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (40 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (120 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (11 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012
U.S. Senate, Florida General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Nelson Incumbent 55.2% 4,523,451
     Republican Connie Mack 42.2% 3,458,267
     Independent Bill Gaylor 1.5% 126,079
     Independent Chris Borgia 1% 82,089
     N/A Write-ins 0% 60
Total Votes 8,189,946
Source: Florida Election Watch "U.S. Senator"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012

Florida received two additional seats from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from Florida -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 10
     Republican Party 19 17
Total 25 27
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party James Bryan
Republican Party Jeff Miller
Libertarian Party Calen Fretts
Independent William Drummond II (write-in)
Jeff Miller Republican Party Jeff Miller No
2nd Democratic Party Alfred Lawson
Republican Party Steve Southerland II
Independent Floyd Patrick Miller
Steve Southerland II Republican Party Steve Southerland II No
3rd Democratic Party Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr.
Republican Party Ted Yoho
Independent Philip Dodds
Independent Michael Ricks
Corrine Brown Republican Party Ted Yoho Yes
4th Republican Party Ander Crenshaw
Independent Gary Koniz
Independent James Klauder
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party Ander Crenshaw No
5th Democratic Party Corrine Brown
Republican Party LeAnne Kolb
Independent Eileen Fleming
Independent Bruce Ray Riggs
Richard B. Nugent Democratic Party Corrine Brown Yes
6th Democratic Party Heather Beaven
Republican Party Ron DeSantis
Cliff Stearns Republican Party Ron DeSantis No
7th Democratic Party Jason Kendall
Republican PartyJohn L. Mica
Independent Fred Marra
John L. Mica Republican PartyJohn L. Mica No
8th Democratic Party Shannon Roberts
Republican Party Bill Posey
Independent Richard Gillmor
Daniel Webster Republican Party Bill Posey No
9th Democratic Party Alan Grayson
Republican Party Todd Long
Gus M. Bilirakis Democratic Party Alan Grayson Yes
10th Democratic Party Val Demings
Republican Party Daniel Webster
Independent Naipaul Seegolam
C.W. Bill Young Republican Party Daniel Webster No'
11th Democratic Party David Werder
Republican Party Richard B. Nugent
Kathy Castor Republican Party Richard B. Nugent Yes
12th Democratic Party Jonathan Michael Snow
Republican Party Gus Bilirakis
Independent Paul Sidney Elliott
Independent John Russell
Dennis A. Ross Republican Party Gus Bilirakis No
13th Democratic Party Jessica Ehrlich
Republican Party C.W. Bill Young
Vern Buchanan Republican Party C.W. Bill Young No
14th Democratic Party Kathy Castor
Republican Party Evelio Otero Jr.
Connie Mack Democratic Party Kathy Castor Yes
15th Republican Party Dennis A. Ross Bill Posey Republican Party Dennis A. Ross No
16th Democratic Party Keith Fitzgerald
Republican Party Vern Buchanan
Thomas J. Rooney Republican Party Vern Buchanan No
17th Democratic Party William Bronson
Republican Party Thomas J. Rooney
Independent Tom Baumann (write-in)
Frederica S. Wilson Republican Party Thomas J. Rooney Yes
18th Democratic Party Patrick Murphy
Democratic Party Marilyn Davis Holloman (write-in)
Republican Party Allen West
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Democratic Party Patrick Murphy Yes
19th Democratic Party Jim Roach
Republican Party Trey Radel
Independent Brandon Smith
Theodore E. Deutch Republican Party Trey Radel Yes
20th Democratic Party Alcee L. Hastings
Independent Randall Terry
Independent Anthony Dutrow
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic Party Alcee L. Hastings No
21st Democratic Party Theodore E. Deutch
Independent Cesear Henao
Independent W. Michael Trout
Mario Diaz-Balart Democratic Party Theodore E. Deutch Yes
22nd Democratic Party Lois Frankel
Republican Party Adam Hasner
Allen B. West Democratic Party Lois Frankel Yes
23rd Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Republican Party Karen Harrington
Independent Ilya Katz
Alcee L. Hastings Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz No
24th Democratic Party Frederica S. Wilson Sandy Adams Democratic Party Frederica S. Wilson Yes
25th Republican PartyMario Diaz-Balart
Independent VoteforEddie.Com
Independent Stanley Blumenthal
David Rivera Republican PartyMario Diaz-Balart No
26th Democratic Party Joe Garcia
Republican Party David Rivera
Independent Angel Fernandez
Independent Jose Peixoto
N/A Democratic Party Joe Garcia N/A
27th Democratic Party Manny Yevancey
Republican PartyIleana Ros-Lehtinen
Independent Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
N/A Republican PartyIleana Ros-Lehtinen N/A
See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Florida State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 14
     Republican Party 28 26
Total 40 40

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Florida House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 38 46
     Republican Party 81 '74
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 120 120
See also: Florida 2012 ballot measures

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Healthcare Prevents penalties for not purchasing healthcare coverage in order to comply with federal healthcare reforms Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Allows for property tax discounts for disabled veterans Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 State budgets Replaces existing revenue limits with a new limitation based on inflation and population changes Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Amends commercial and non-homestead property taxes Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Judicial reform Gives the Legislature increased control over the judicial branch. Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Abortion Prohibits public funds for abortions Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 8 Religion Repeals ban of public dollars for religious funding Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 9 Taxes Authorizes the legislature to totally or partially exempt surviving spouses of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty from paying property taxes Approveda
LRCA Amendment 10 Taxes Provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by local governments on tangible personal property that's value is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000 Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 11 Taxes Authorizes counties and municipalities to offer additional tax exemptions on homes of low-income seniors. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 12 Government Administration Revises selection process for student member of Board of Governors of State University System Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Florida was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 16, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states had a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election but because this may have falled on a weekend and Columbus Day was on Monday, October 8th, some states extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Florida. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee. An excuse is only required if a voter waits until Election Day to pick up or have delivered the absentee ballot.[3]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least six days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Florida is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins at least 10 days before an election and ends three days prior to Election Day.[4] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

2013 developments

Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R), who sponsored the 2011 law that reduced the number of early voting days in Florida, authored a bill which would provide increased early voting opportunities.[5]

The proposal was to give counties an extra day for early voting before a general election and allow them to keep polls open for 14 hours. In addition, the bill required all elections supervisors to submit a report three months prior to a general election, outlining preparations for that election.[5]

In addition, Florida's election supervisors asked the legislature for the following changes with respect to early voting:[6]

  • Require that the Legislature comply with the 75-word ballot summary requirement that is required for citizen-led ballot initiatives (Lawmakers exempted themselves from that requirement years ago, and ordered the full text of several amendments to be on the November ballot, a leading contributor to long lines at polling places).
  • Require eight days of early voting in primary and general elections "with the option for supervisors to provide additional days not to exceed 14 days." (In 2011 the legislature reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8).
  • Give election supervisors the leeway to select more early voting sites (currently limited to election offices, city halls and libraries).

These changes were added and the bill was passed by the Florida State Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott (R).[7]

2012 developments

In 2011, the Republican-controlled legislature cut the number of early voting days from 12 to eight. However, due to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the counties of Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe would retain their full 12 days of early voting. That is because these counties are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[5]

The Justice Department has since agreed with the state's early voting schedule provided that the five counties must offer 96 hours of voting between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. over eight days, the maximum under the law. Both the counties and the state have agreed to the terms, so the case should now be thrown out.[8]

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