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Vote By Mail (Absentee)

Online Mail Ballot (Absentee) Request Form 

Mail Ballot (Absentee) Request Form (printable form)

Track the status of your mail ballot

Mail Ballot Information for Military and Citizens living outside the U.S.

Voting by Mail (Absentee) is one of two ways that a voter can vote their ballot before Election Day. The other method is Early Voting, and occurs in multiple locations throughout the county on the week or so before Election Day. For more information, visit the Early Voting page.  Mail (absentee) ballots and Early Voting ballots are counted the same as ballots voted on Election Day.  In fact, mail (absentee) ballots and Early Voting ballots are usually included in the initial results on Election Night.  .

Florida law allows all qualified voters to request a mail (absentee) ballot from the Supervisor of Elections with no excuse needed. A member of the voter’s immediate family or legal guardian may also request a mail (absentee) ballot for a voter, if directly instructed to do so by the voter. The request can be made for any and all elections through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. 

  • If you are requesting a mail (absentee) ballot to be mailed to your residential address or mailing address already on file with us, or if you are active duty military, merchant marines, their spouses or dependents, or a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S., you can make the request using the Online Mail Ballot (Absentee) Request Form or by calling one of our offices
  • If the request is to mail a ballot to an address that we DO NOT have on file as your residential or mailing address, you must submit a written & signed request. If you are unsure if we have the correct address on file, please contact us to verify.  The written request can be received by mail, email (rinlajuana@co.walton.fl.us), or fax (850-892-8113).
    You may use the following to complete your written request: Mail Ballot (Absentee) Request Form (printable form)
    If making a written & signed request for a mail (absentee) ballot, the following information must be included:
    - The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested.
    - The voter’s address.
    - The voter’s date of birth.
    - The requester’s name (if not requested by the voter).
    - The requester’s address (if not requested by the voter).
    - The requester’s driver’s license number, if available (if not requested by the voter).
    - The requester’s relationship to the voter (if not requested by the voter).
    - The requester’s signature (written requests only).

NOTE: Be sure to provide your current mailing address. The U.S. Post Office cannot forward mail (absentee) ballots. 

A request for a mail (absentee) ballot to be mailed must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 pm on the 6th day before an election. By state law, we cannot mail a mail (absentee) ballot no later than 4 days before an election. Please make every effort to request mail (absentee) ballots as early as possible so that enough time is allowed to receive and return the ballot. Mail (absentee) ballots for voters living in the U.S., for which we have a request on file, are mailed between 35 and 28 days before Election Day, in accordance with Florida Statute 101.62(4)(b). Mail (absentee) ballots for military voters and voters living outside the U.S. are sent at least 45 days before Election Day.

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.  For more details, please visit the page below:

A designee may pick up a mail (absentee) ballot for you on Election Day or up to 5 days before an election. A designee may only pick up 2 mail (absentee) ballots per election (other than his or her own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family). Designees must provide the following information to the Supervisor of Elections:

  •      a written authorization from the voter;
  •      a picture identification; and

After you mark your ballot, it must be delivered to the Supervisor of Elections Office, by mail or in person, no later than 7 pm on Election Day. Do not return the marked ballot to a polling place. 

You can also track the status of your mail ballot request or mail ballot online by using the Voter Information Search

If you returned your mail (absentee) 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 Mail (Absentee) Ballot no later than 5:00 pm 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. Please return the form by mail, email, or fax.

Walton County Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 East, Suite 102
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
FAX: (850) 892-8113
EMAIL: bbeasley@co.walton.fl.us    

Other options and allowances exist for Members of the United States Uniformed Services and the Merchant Marines on active duty, their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States.  For more details, please visit the page below: