Absentee Ballot and Early Voting Instructions
Can Vote an Absentee Ballot?
If you are a qualified registered
an Absentee Ballot
One request shall be deemed sufficient to receive an absentee ballot for all elections through the next regularly scheduled 2014 General Election unless the elector or the elector's designee indicates, at the time the request is made, the elections for which the electors desire to receive an absentee ballot. The request can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or fill out a request form now. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter's spouse, parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter's spouse. Requests must be received by the sixth day prior to the election. A request from the voter must include the following information:
· The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
· The voter's address
· The voter's date of birth
· The voter's signature (written request only)
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request an absentee ballot for him or herself, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
· The requester's name
· The requester's address
· The requester's driver's license number, if available
· The requester's relationship to voter
· The requester's signature (written request only)
Obtaining an Absentee
Absentee ballots are mailed no later than 45 days prior to each election for overseas voters. For all other absentee voters who have requested ballots they will be mailed between 35 and 28 days before an election. Absentee ballots cannot be forwarded, but may be mailed to any location the voter chooses. Be sure the Elections office has your correct mailing address. A qualified absentee voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot for the voter. Pick up ballots are available, by prior request, up to five (5) days prior to the day of the election. Emergency excuse for Election Day absentee ballot delivery, except as provide in FS 101.655, limits Election Day delivery of absentee ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member. If an absentee ballot is delivered, the voter must execute an affidavit as to affirming to the facts of the emergency that precludes the voter from going to the voter’s assigned polling place. (Exception for voters residing in an assisted living facility (s.101.655, F.S.) Ballot pickup is at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill. The designee may only pick up two (2) absentee ballots per election other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide a written authorization from the voter and complete an affidavit. A designee must present picture identification in order to pick up any absentee ballot.
Voting an Absentee
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write). The voter must sign the return envelope.
Returning an Absentee
If a voter cannot mail or personally return his or her absentee ballot, someone else may return it.
If you decide to vote by mail using an absentee ballot, please consider the following:
*Do not allow anyone to assist you in voting unless it is a family member or trusted family friend.
*Do not allow anyone else to fill out your ballot and remember to sign the voter certificate after you seal the envelope.
*Do not give your ballot to a stranger
- mail it yourself and make sure it is received by the elections office no later than
7:00 p.m. on Election Day or deliver it yourself.
Voted absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Election's office no later than 7p.m. on Election Day. A VOTED BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE.
If you requested an absentee ballot and later decide to VOTE AT THE POLLS, take your absentee ballot with you to be cancelled at your polling place.
Florida State Statue 101.657 (Effective 01/01/14) Expands minimum hours per day from 6 to 8, maximum hours remain the same 12 hours per day. Increases possible days – Minimum must begin on the 10th day and end on the 3rd day before an election that contains federal or state races on the ballot. The SOE may offer early voting on the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, or 2nd day before such an election. Expands existing permissible sites (existing sites include SOE main and branch offices, city halls, public libraries) to also include fairgrounds, civic centers, courthouses, county commission buildings, stadiums, convention centers, government-owned senior center, or government-owned community centers. Allows Supervisor of Elections to designate one additional site per election in an area of the county that does not have an eligible early voting location. This site must be geographically located to provide all voters in that area with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot. Requires each county to maintain at a minimum the same number of early voting sites for a general election it operated for the 2012 general election.