WHO CAN VOTE BY MAIL?
Any registered and qualified voter who is eligible to vote in an election may cast their ballot by mail.
OVERSEAS AND MILITARY VOTERS
Balloting materials for uniformed service members and civilians overseas are mailed 45 days prior to an election. To request your vote-by-mail ballot, please visit this page: Military & Overseas Voters
HOW TO REQUEST A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
A vote-by-mail ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. The request can be made in person, by postal mail, by electronic mail or by telephone. Only the voter or designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the voter, or the parent, grandparent or sibling of the voter’s spouse.
A request from the voter must include the following information:
- Voter's name and address
- Voter's date of birth
- Address where the ballot should be mailed*
- The specific elections you are requesting
- Voter's signature (written requests only)
* Vote-by-Mail ballots cannot be forwarded. Please ensure you provide our office with the correct mailing address for ballot delivery. Contact our office or complete the following form to update your mailing address: Online Address Change Form
Requests for ballots to be mailed to an address other than an address on file in your voter registration record must be made in writing and signed by the voter.
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request a vote-by-mail ballot, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
- The requester's name
- The requester's address
- The requester's relationship to the voter
- The requester's driver's license number, if available
- The requester's signature (written requests only)
Request a Mail Ballot
OBTAINING YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
All requested vote-by-mail ballots are sent 40 days prior to each election. Be sure the Elections Office has your correct mailing address. Vote-by-mail ballots are not forwarded by the US Postal Service.
All requested vote-by-mail ballots for overseas military and overseas civilian voters are sent at least 45 days prior to each election.
VOTE-BY-MAIL REQUEST DEADLINE
Requests for vote-by-mail ballots must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the tenth day before an election, according to Florida law.
VOTE-BY-MAIL PICK UP BY DESIGNEE
Beginning on the 9th day before Election Day:
A qualified voter may designate, in writing, another person to pick up a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. Florida law limits the number of ballots a designee may pick up to the following:
- The designee’s own ballot
- Ballots for any member of his or her immediate family
- Ballots for two (2) other voters (that do no fall in the categories above)
The designee must provide picture identification, the written authorization from the voter and complete an Affidavit. The following Affidavit can be printed :
On Election Day:
Vote by Mail ballots may only be picked up at the Supervisor of Elections Office on Election Day by the voter or the voter’s designee if there is an emergency to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place. The Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit must be completed stating the nature of the emergency.
The following Affidavit can be printed and completed:
MARKING THE VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
The voter must personally vote the ballot unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write. The voter must sign/mark the return envelope. The vote-by-mail ballot will not be counted if the return envelope is not signed or the signature does not match the signature on file for the voter.
MISSING SIGNATURE OR IF SIGNATURE DOES NOT MATCH ON BALLOT:
If the voter did not sign the Voter’s Certificate on the return envelope or the voter’s signature does not match the signature in the voter’s voter registration record, the following Affidavit must be completed and received in the Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd day after the election.
Vote by Mail Cure Affidavit
RETURNING YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
You must mail, personally deliver or have someone else deliver your vote-by-mail ballot inside the completed mailing envelope to the Elections Office. Additionally, a secure drop box is available at all early voting sites during early voting hours.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned no later than 7:00 P.M. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be turned in at the polling place on Election Day. If a voter has requested a vote-by-mail ballot and chooses to vote in person at the polls, the vote-by-mail ballot would then be cancelled and the voter would be issued a new ballot.
The United States Postal Service recommends that ballots be mailed to the Elections office at least one week prior to Election Day to ensure they are received timely. Be sure there is sufficient postage if mailed.
TRACK YOUR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT
I've requested a vote-by-mail ballot; has it been mailed yet? I already voted my vote-by-mail ballot and mailed it in, has it been received by the Elections Office? Track the status of your vote-by-mail ballot at My Voter Status.