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Total: 185,016

Absentee Ballot Information


 


What is absentee voting?

Absentee voting is a service offered by the Supervisor of Elections for registered voters who do not wish to vote in person.

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Who can vote an absentee ballot?

Any registered voter in Collier County may request an absentee ballot.

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How do I request an absentee ballot?

Contact the Supervisor of Elections Office to request an absentee ballot by selecting one of the following:

When sending an absentee ballot to an address not on file with the Florida Voter Registration System, a request must be in writing and signed by the voter. Written signed requests can be received by mail, email (absenteeballot@colliergov.net) or fax (239-252-2630).

To request an absentee ballot, the voter must provide the following information:

  • name
  • legal residence address
  • date of birth
  • address to which the absentee ballot will be mailed

Only the voter, their immediate family member or their legal guardian may request the voter's absentee ballot for any election.

Immediate family members include:

  • spouse
  • grandparent
  • parent
  • child
  • sibling
  • spouse's grandparent
  • spouse's parent
  • spouse's child
  • spouse's sibling

Requests for absentee ballots to be sent by mail must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the sixth day before the election. 

If the ballot is requested by an immediate family member as listed above, or their legal guardian, the request must also contain:

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


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Can I send an absentee ballot to an address other than my legal residence?

  • Yes. Your absentee ballot may be sent to your permanent mailing address, or a temporary address.
  • When sending an absentee ballot to an address not on file with the Florida Voter Registration System, a request must be in writing and signed by the voter.
  • The Registration System records your legal residence address. The System may also include a permanent mailing address different than residence address, and may include prior election specific absentee ballot addresses.
  • Written signed requests may be made by mail, fax (239-252-2630) or as an attachment to email (absenteeballot@colliergov.net).

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When will I receive my absentee ballot?

For voters who have requested an absentee ballot, mailing begins approximately 4 weeks prior to each election. After the 28th day before an election, absentee ballots are mailed every other business day.

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How can I track the status of my request/ballot?

You can track the status of your request and ballot using our Free Access System.

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Can I pick up my absentee ballot prior to Election Day?

Yes, for voters with extenuating circumstances, not as a substitute for the three primary methods of voting.

Early voting, Election Day voting and voting an absentee ballot by mail are the primary methods of voting. However, within 35 days prior to an election, any qualified voter may pick up their own absentee ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Office by requesting one day in advance to allow for preparation.

This service is provided for voters that have extenuating circumstances.

When picking up an absentee ballot you will be required to:

  • complete an affidavit, (DS-DE 37) in English or Spanish
  • provide photo and signature identification

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Can I pick up someone else's absentee ballot prior to Election Day?

Yes, if requested one day in advance, and if authorized by the voter.

A qualified absentee voter may designate, in writing, another person to pick up an absentee ballot for the voter. Absentee ballots are available to a designee beginning 5 days prior to Election Day. The designee may only pick up 2 absentee ballots per election other than his or her own, except for absentee ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must complete an affidavit, (DS-DE 37), in English or Spanish, and must provide a photo and signature identification and written authorization from the voter. Candidates may only pick up absentee ballots for members of their immediate family.

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Can I pick up an absentee ballot on Election Day?

Yes, if there is an emergency.

Except as provided in s. 101.655 (those voters living in Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facilities who receive assisted voting), the Supervisor of Elections may not deliver an absentee ballot to a voter on the day of the election unless there is an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place. If an absentee ballot is to be picked up, the voter or his or her designee shall execute an affidavit (DS-DE 136), in English or Spanish, affirming to the emergency facts which allow for delivery of the absentee ballot. This affidavit, when executed, may become a public record.

If you need someone to pick up your absentee ballot on Election Day:

  • In addition to the requirements above, the qualified absentee voter must designate, in writing, the immediate family member to pick up an absentee ballot for the voter. The designee must complete an affidavit, (DS-DE 37), in English or Spanish, and must provide a photo and signature identification and the written authorization from the voter.

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How do I vote my absentee ballot?

Voters must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write).

  • Completely fill in the ovals corresponding to the candidate and/or referendums of choice.
  • Place the completed ballot in the enclosed secrecy sleeve (also known as a secrecy "envelope").
  • Place both the ballot and the secrecy sleeve in the return envelope provided. (Please note: failure to include the secrecy sleeve DOES NOT invalidate the ballot.)
  • In order for the absentee ballot to be counted, the voter must sign or apply their legal mark in the box below the voter certificate on the return envelope.
    • The signature must reasonably match the signature of registration.
    • A signature as Power of Attorney will not be accepted. The ballot will not be counted. (See Signature Updates page)
  • The absentee ballot may be returned by mail, express, or in person to the Supervisor of Elections Office.
    • Voted ballots cannot be accepted at a polling place or an early voting site.
  • Affix appropriate postage for absentee ballots returned via mail.
  • Voted ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted; a postmark does not count.

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I received an Omitted Signature Affidavit for Absentee Ballot.

Your Mail Ballot was returned to the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office without a signature. A cure is provided by Florida Statute 101.68(4)(b):

"Until 5 p.m. on the day before an election, the supervisor shall allow a voter who has returned an absentee ballot that does not include the voter’s signature to complete and submit an affidavit in order to cure the unsigned absentee ballot."

Please read and comply with the instructions stated on the affidavit (DS-DE 139), in English or Spanish.

For your vote to count, you must sign the Omitted Signature Affidavit, and return the affidavit with a copy of your identification to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

You may return the Affidavit by

  • Mail:
    Jennifer J. Edwards
    Supervisor of Elections
    3295 Tamiami Trl E
    Naples FL  34112-5758
  • Fax (239-252-2630)

If you need another copy of the Omitted Signature Affidavit (DS-DE 139), in English or Spanish, follow the link to print a replacement.

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Why should I update my signature?

See our Signature Updates page

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How do I update my signature?

See our Signature Updates page

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Why is Power of Attorney (POA) not acceptable?

See our Signature Updates page

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What if I am in the military or an overseas voter?

Military Personnel, Military Dependants, and Overseas Civilian Voters may apply for voter registration and/or request absentee ballots using the online request form, by phone, or by sending a written request to the Supervisor of Elections Office. They may also apply with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the Unit Voting Officer or by visiting http://www.fvap.gov/

U.S. Embassies and Consulates can assist in completing FPCA forms, and mailing absentee ballots or other election materials.

Per Florida Statute 101.6952(5):

“An absentee ballot from an overseas voter in any presidential preference primary or general election which is postmarked or dated no later than the date of the election and is received by the supervisor of elections of the county in which the overseas voter is registered no later than 10 days after the date of the election shall be counted as long as the absentee ballot is otherwise proper.”

Additional information is available from: 

http://www.fvap.gov/
FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Washington Headquarters Services
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-1155
Toll-free 800-438-8683

Absentee Request information for Military Personnel, Military Dependants and Overseas Civilian Voters:

  • Military Personnel, Military Dependants and Overseas Civilian Voters (or their immediate family members on their behalf) may request an absentee ballot online, by mail, fax, telephone, or FPCA as indicated above.
  • All Absent Military and Overseas Civilian Voters may receive a ballot by mail, fax, or email.
  • The United States Postal Service may forward mail for Military and Overseas Voters if an unexpired forwarding address is on file.
  • Stateside Military Voters may not return voted balltos by fax.
  • Only Overseas Military and Overseas Civilian Voters may return voted ballots by fax.
         ~ Send by fax to: (239) 252-2630, or 
         ~ Ballots may be returned by mail, or express, but please allow sufficient time for delivery to us.
  • Web based applications for voters to receive ballots may be available for the 2014 Election Cycle.
  • No voted Absentee Ballots returned by email shall be counted.

An online "Absentee Request Form" or fax request must include:

  • name of the voter requesting the ballot
  • voter's date of birth
  • voter's county of legal residence in Florida or last legal Collier County residential address
  • voter's signature (when applicable)
  • Military, Military Dependant or Civilian Overseas status
  • Address stateside, APO/FPO/DPO or other overseas address, and
         ~ if the voter requests the ballot sent by email, an email address
         ~ if the voter requests the ballot faxed, a fax number
         ~ if the voter requests the ballot mailed, a deliverable address
  • Upon verification of the voter's eligibility, the Supervisor of Elections Office will provide the appropriate absentee ballot, voter certificate, instructions for voting and instructions for returning the ballot and voter certificate.

 

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Jennifer J. Edwards ~ Collier County Supervisor of Elections
Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building ~ Collier Government Complex ~ 3295 Tamiami Trl E ~ Naples FL 34112-5758

Phone: (239) 252-VOTE ~ Fax: (239) 774-9468
Email: SupervisorOfElections@CollierGov.net