1. Vote by Mail (absentee)
Any registered voter may request a ballot to be mailed to them, with no reason needed, either for specific elections or for eligible elections through the next two General Elections. After the request expires, the request will need to be made again. It is a good idea to check the status of your absentee request on a regular basis. An immediate family member or legal guardian may also request a ballot for another voter, with the voter’s permission.
Be sure to provide your current mailing address. The U.S. Post Office cannot forward mail ballots. Voters making a request for a ballot to be mailed to an address not already on record will need to submit a Signed Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request Form (English / Spanish) . The signed, written request may be mailed, emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to (850) 892-8113. The deadline to receive a request is 5:00 pm on the 10th day before Election Day (However, due to mail delivery times , please request and return your ballot as soon as possible.) For requests already on file, ballots are typically mailed about 33-40 days before Election Day. Some exceptions apply.
A designee can pick up a ballot from our office for another voter within 9 days of and on Election Day. A designee must provide a written authorization from the voter, a picture ID, and a signed affidavit (English) / (Spanish) .
Voted Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Drop boxes are located outside of each courthouse/office buidling and are available 24/7. Mail ballots may also be returned to a secure drop box at an early voting location during the designated early voting hours (see below). Mail ballots cannot be accepted at an Election Day polling place. You can track the status of your request and ballot throughout the process and after the election.
When the ballot is returned, the voter's signature from the ballot envelope is compared to the signature in the voter's record. It is important that mail ballot voters keep their signature on file up-to-date. If you need to update your signature in your record, it must be updated before the mail ballot is returned. If you returned your ballot, but forgot to sign the ballot envelope or your signature does not match the signature in your record, you will be notified and you can complete and return the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Signature Cure Affidavit (English) / (Spanish) no later than 5:00 pm on the 2nd day after Election Day. Once mail ballots are accepted for tabulation, they are counted just like any other ballot that is cast, usually prior to Election Day, and are typically included in the first results to be reported on Election Night.
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, including getting the ballot sooner and by electronic means. For more details, please visit the page below: