How to Register to Vote and Request a Mail (Absentee) Ballot:
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 (UOCAVA voters) may apply for voter registration or request a mail (absentee) ballot with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which may be obtained from a Voting Assistance Officer or through the Internet at http://www.fvap.gov. The FPCA request for a mail (absentee) ballot will be effective for all elections through the next regularly scheduled general election. In addition, a mail (absentee) request can be made using the Online Mail (Absentee) Ballot Request Form.
In addition, Walton County has teamed with OurMissionYourVote.us to provide an easier way for UOCAVA voters to receive and vote a ballot. Qualified voters can go to this site and download a ballot for a current election, vote it, and return it by the appropriate method without having to wait to receive it.
Mail (Absentee) Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters are sent at least 45 days before Election Day, in accordance with Florida Statute 101.62(4)(a).
If you are a member of the U.S. Uniformed Services and the merchant marines on active duty, their spouses and dependents, or a U.S. citizen residing outside of the U.S. and will be absent from Walton County on Election Day, you may have your mail (absentee) ballot either faxed or e-mailed to you in lieu of it being mailed. It is important that you notify the elections office of your preference — the default method of delivery is by mail.
All voters have the ability to track their mail (absentee) ballot status by using the Voter Information Search.
If you are voter outside of the U.S. (whether military or regular citizen), you also have the option of returning your ballot by fax. By law, we cannot accept voted ballots returned by e-mail. Carefully follow the instructions sent to you with your mail (absentee) ballot to ensure that it is counted. It is very important that you sign and date the mail (absentee) ballot voter's certificate to ensure that your ballot is counted.
We encourage all 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 to include their e-mail addresses on any forms or correspondence, and to update them along with mailing addresses whenever they move. It is important to notify the Elections Office of address changes so you do not jeopardize your voter registration status. Additional information for military and overseas voters is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program by visiting their website at http://www.fvap.gov.
An individual, or accompanying family member, who has been discharged or separated from the uniformed services or Merchant Marines, or from employment outside the United States, after the book-closing date for an election, and who is otherwise qualified, may register to vote in such election at the Supervisor of Elections office until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Such persons must produce sufficient documentation showing evidence of qualifying for the late registration pursuant to Section 97.0555 Florida Statutes.
Late Returned Mail (Absentee) Ballots:
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.”
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB):
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot is basically a back-up or emergency ballot used in the event that the voter does not receive their requested regular mail (absentee) ballot in time for it to be voted and returned to the local election official to be counted. If the voter does not have access to the hard copy, it is available online at the FVAP web site at www.fvap.gov.
State Write-In Absentee Ballot (SWAB):
No earlier than 180 days before a general election, an overseas voter may also request a state write-in absentee ballot. In the request the voter must indicate that due to military or other contingencies that preclude normal mail delivery, the voter cannot vote a regular mail (absentee) ballot during the normal voting period.