Florida law requires a vote-by-mail ballot request to an address other than the elector’s address on file, must be submitted in WRITING and SIGNED by the voter. Please print, complete and return the form below to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
Vote-By-Mail Request Form
Things To Remember:
VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDED BY THE POSTAL SERVICE.
Please provide your mailing address at the time of your request.
YOUR SIGNATURE MUST MATCH.
Handwriting changes over time. If you have noticed a change in your handwriting and particularly your signature, please update your signature on file with the Elections Office. It is important that we have your current signature on file. Your signature is used to verify your vote-by-mail ballot. If your signature has changed, you may update it at any time by submitting a new Florida Voter Registration Application.
ANOTHER PERSON MAY NOT SIGN FOR YOU.
Power of attorney does not apply to voter registration or voting. Another person may not sign for you. If for medical or other reasons you are unable to sign your complete name, please submit any mark you are capable of making. For voter registration purposes, this mark will be deemed your signature. Voters may update their signature by completing and mailing a Florida Voter Registration Application to the Elections Office.
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 absentee 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 voter's spouse or the parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the voter.
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)
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)
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 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. Therefore, you must make your request for a vote-by-mail ballot no later than the Wednesday prior to Election Day.
vote-by-mail PICK UP BY DESIGNEE
Beginning on the Thursday before Election Day, a qualified voter may designate, in writing, another person to pick up a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. The designee may only pick up two vote-by-mail ballots per election other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide picture identification, the written authorization from the voter and complete an affidavit.
Affidavit To Pickup A Vote-By-Mail Ballot
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:
Signature Affidavit for Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot
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. A secure drop box is available at the entrance of the Elections Office for use after hours and on weekends.
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.
Please mail your ballot by Thursday before Election Day to ensure there is enough time for first-class delivery. 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 using this free access system.