MAIL BALLOT FAQ

QUESTIONS:

QUESTION: WHEN MAY A VOTER REQUEST A vote by mail BALLOT?

Answer:  Deadline for request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday before the election.  

QUESTION: HOW MAY A PERSON REQUEST a vote by mail BALLOT?

  • Call Election Headquarters at (863) 534-5888
  • Fill Out Request   click here
  • Stop By Election Headquarters at 250 South Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830 or our Operations Center at 70 Florida Citrus Blvd. Winter Haven, Florida 33880

QUESTION: MAY A PERSON OTHER THAN THE VOTER REQUEST A vote by mail BALLOT?

Answer: Only the voter, a member of the voter's immediate family, or the legal guardian may request a vote by mail ballot. A requester other than the voter must provide his/her name, address, drivers license (if available) and relationship to the voter, and must have permission from the voter to make such request.

QUESTION: MAY I PICK UP A vote by mail BALLOT?

Answer: A registered voter may pick up a vote by mail ballot at any Supervisor of Elections office with picture identification.

QUESTION: MAY I PICK UP A BALLOT FOR ANOTHER PERSON?

Answer: You may pick up a vote by mail ballot for another person if:

  • The request is made no earlier than the fifth day prior to election day
  • You have a letter signed by the voter giving you authority to pick up a ballot
  • You present picture ID of yourself and complete an affidavit

QUESTION: CAN A vote by mail BALLOTS BE SENT TO ANY ADDRESS?

Answer: Yes. A ballot may be sent to the voter's current mailing address. For a ballot to be mailed to an address other than the mailing address on file, the request must be done in writing with the voter's signature. Click Here for Vote By Mail Brochure.   

QUESTION: MAY A CANDIDATE SOLICIT REQUESTS FOR vote by mail BALLOTS?

Answer: Yes. However, if you are going to solicit by mail, we urge you to let us review your mailer to make sure that it asks for the correct information from the voter.

QUESTION: WILL A vote by mail BALLOT BE COUNTED IF IT IS MAILED ON ELECTION DAY?

Answer: A vote by mail ballot is only counted if it is received in the Election Headquarters by 7:00 p.m. election day.

QUESTION: CAN I BRING MY vote by mail BALLOT TO MY PRECINCT ON ELECTION DAY?

Answer: If you do, you will be required to turn in that ballot and vote at the precinct.

QUESTION: WHAT IF I REQUEST A BALLOT, BUT DON'T MAIL IT IN?

Answer: Up until 7:00 p.m. on election day you can turn it in at Supervisor of Elections office. Or, if you decide to vote at your precinct, take the ballot and turn it in and vote a precinct ballot.

QUESTION: HOW TO CORRECT A MISSING SIGNATURE ON YOUR vote by mail BALLOT?

Answer: If you returned your vote by mail ballot to your Supervisor of Elections, but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Omitted Signature Affidavit for vote by mail Ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election.  Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.

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