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Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballots

Under Florida law, all registered voters are permitted to vote absentee. 

Request an Absentee Ballot     Voting an Absentee Ballot     Military and Overseas Citizens

Request an Absentee Ballot

Requests for absentee ballots must be received in your local Supervisor of Elections office no later than 5:00 pm on the 6th day before an election.

Contact your local Supervisor of Elections to request an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot in person, by mail, email, fax or by phone. Only the voter or a designated member or his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the designee’s spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the designee or of the designee’s spouse.

As a voter requesting an absentee ballot you must provide your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • signature (written requests only)

If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting an absentee ballot for you, that person must provide above information about the voter as well as the following:

  • Requester's name
  • Requester's address
  • Requester's driver's license number (if available)
  • Requester's relationship to voter
  • Requester's signature (written requests only)

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Voting an Absentee Ballot

Your marked ballots must be mailed or delivered in person, reaching the Supervisor of Elections’ office not later than 7:00 pm on the day of the election. Do not return your voted absentee ballot to a polling place.*

You may designate someone to pick up your absentee ballot on Election Day or 4 days before Election Day. The designee may only pick up 2 absentee ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture I.D. and sign an affidavit. Candidates may pick up absentee ballots only for members of their immediate family.

*If you have obtained an absentee ballot but decide to vote in your precinct on Election Day or during Early Voting, you must take the absentee ballot with you to the polls for cancellation, whether or not it has been marked. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.

If you have already returned an absentee ballot to the Elections Office, you may not go to the polls to vote. If you vote more than once in the same election, you have committed a felony and will be turned over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.

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Military and Overseas Citizens

Request an Absentee Ballot

Members of the United States Uniformed Services on active duty and the merchant marine, their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States may apply for voter registration or request an absentee ballot with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which may be obtained from a Voting Assistance Officer or online at www.fvap.gov.

The FPCA request for an absentee ballot will be effective for all elections through the next 2 regularly scheduled general elections. If the FPCA is not available, phone or send a written request by mail, fax, or email to your local Supervisor of Elections and a voter registration application or absentee ballot will be sent to you. If you are overseas, you may have your absentee ballot faxed to you, in lieu of receiving it by regular mail.

If your include an email address with your overseas absentee ballot request, your Supervisor of Elections will email you  the names of candidates who will be on the ballots for the primary and general election no later than 30 days before each election.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Once your absentee ballot is voted, return it by fax or mail to your Supervisor of Elections so that it is received no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day. You cannot return voted ballots by email. Carefully follow the instructions sent to you with your absentee ballot to ensure that it is counted. You must be sure to not only sign, but date the absentee ballot envelope to ensure that your ballot is counted.

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Florida Supervisors of Elections, Inc.

Post Office Box 350 (32302)
215 S. Monroe Street, Suite 825 (32301)
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

Tel: (850) 599-9120

Fax: (850) 222-8222 | E-mail: fsase@bplawfirm.net