1. Vote by Mail (absentee)
2. Vote Early (in person)
3. Vote on Election Day (in person)
1. Vote by Mail (absentee)
Any registered voter may request a ballot to be mailed to them, with no reason needed, either for specific elections or for eligible elections through the next General Election. Ballots are only mailed to voters with requests on file. Requests expire after every regular General Election. You can track the status of your request and ballot throughout the process and after the election. An immediate family member or legal guardian may also request a ballot for another voter, with the voter’s permission. Verification of the voter's/requestor's identification is required (FL Driver's License/FL ID number or the last four digits of the Social Security Number). When making the request, a voter with a disability may request to receive an accessible ballot that can be marked independently and privately.
Be sure to provide your current mailing address. The U.S. Post Office cannot forward mail ballots. Voters making a request for a ballot to be mailed to an address not already on record will need to submit a signed Mail Ballot Request Form (English) (Spanish) . The deadline to receive a request is 5:00 pm on the 12th day before Election Day (However, due to mail delivery times , please request and return your ballot as soon as possible.) For requests already on file, ballots are typically mailed about 33-40 days before Election Day. Some exceptions apply.
For voters who did not request a ballot to be mailed before the deadline and are unable to go to an early voting location or to the designated Election Day polling place, a ballot may be acquired from our office after ballots have been mailed and through Election Day. A designee may pick up a ballot for a voter by providing written authorization from the voter, completing the designee authorization affidavit (English) / (Spanish) , and providing a picture ID.
Voted Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Mail ballots may also be returned to a secure ballot intake station located inside of an early voting location during the designated early voting hours (see below). Mail ballots cannot be accepted at an Election Day polling place.
When the ballot is returned, the voter's signature from the ballot envelope is compared to the signature(s) in the voter's record. It is important that mail ballot voters keep their signature on file up-to-date. If you need to update your signature in your record, it must be updated before the mail ballot is returned. If you returned your ballot, but forgot to sign the ballot envelope or your signature does not match the signature in your record, you will be notified and you can complete and return the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Signature Cure Affidavit (English) / (Spanish) no later than 5:00 pm on the 2nd day after Election Day. Once mail ballots are accepted for tabulation, they are counted just like any other ballot that is cast, usually prior to Election Day, and are typically included in the first results to be reported on Election Night.
Members of the United States Uniformed Services on active duty and the Merchant Marines, their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States have additional options and allowances when it comes to voting by mail, including getting the ballot sooner and by electronic means. For more details, please visit the page below: