When will I receive my Vote-by-Mail ballot?
For voters who have requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot, mailing begins approximately 40 days prior to each election. After the initial mailing before an election, Vote-by-Mail ballots are mailed every other business day.
Can I pick up my Vote-by-Mail 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 a Vote-by-Mail 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 Vote-by-Mail 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 a Vote-by-Mail ballot you will be required to:
Can I pick up someone else's Vote-by-Mail ballot prior to Election Day?
Yes, if requested one day in advance, and if authorized by the voter.
A qualified Vote-by-Mail voter may designate, in writing, another person to pick up a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the voter. Vote-by-Mail ballots are available to a designee beginning nine days prior to Election Day. The designee may only pick up 2 Vote-by-Mail ballots per election other than his or her own, except for Vote-by-Mail 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 Vote-by-Mail ballots for members of their immediate family.
Can I pick up a Vote-by-Mail ballot on Election Day?
Yes, if there is an emergency.
Except as provided in F.S. 101.655 (those voters living in Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facilities who receive assisted voting), the Supervisor of Elections may not deliver a Vote-by-Mail 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 a Vote-by-Mail 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 Vote-by-Mail ballot. This affidavit, when executed, may become a public record.
If you need someone to pick up your Vote-by-Mail ballot on Election Day:
In addition to the requirements above, the qualified Vote-by-Mail voter must designate, in writing, the immediate family member to pick up a Vote-by-Mail 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.