Who Can Vote Vote By Mail?
If you are a qualified registered voter, you are entitled to vote by mail for any reason pursuant to Florida Statue 101.62.
Requesting A Vote By Mail Ballot
Vote By Mail Ballots may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through the next (2) general election cycles. Requests must be received by the Supervisor of Elections Office no later than 5 pm on the sixth day before the election.
In Person: 971 W Duval St. Ste. 102 Lake City, FL 32055 OR 17579 SW State Road 47 Fort White, FL 32038
By Phone: (386) 758-1026 ext. 3105
By Email: Vote By Mail Email Request
Voters who want their ballot mailed to an address that is not their address on record will be required to submit their request in writing. The written request must include the voter's signature.
By State Law, Vote By Mail ballots cannot be issued on Election Day except in the case of an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his/her assigned polling place. The voter or voter's designee must submit an affidavit regarding the emergency.
If Requesting a Vote By Mail Ballot For Someone Other Than Yourself:
If a voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request a ballot, that designee must provide the following information:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
- The voter's address, date of birth, and signature (written request only).
- The designee's name, address, driver's license number (if available), relationship to the voter, and signature (written request only).
Who Can Pick Up Vote By Mail Ballots?
A registered qualified voter may designate in writing another person to pick up their ballot. Carry out ballots are available to a designee no earlier than five days prior to Election Day. The designee may only pick up two vote by mail ballots per election other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for his or her immediate family. The designee must provide picture identification, written authorization from the voter, and complete an affidavit.
"Immediate family" is defined as spouse, parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the designee or designee's spouse or legal guardian. The requester must disclose the relationship.
Returning A Vote By Mail Ballot
Voted ballots must be mailed or delivered in person, reaching the Supervisor of Elections' Office no later than 7 pm on Election Day. DO NOT RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO A PRECINCT POLLING LOCATION. A drop-box is available at the Supervisor of Elections Main Office as well as the Fort White Branch Office. Ballots may be dropped off at either location after hours.
To check the status of your returned vote by mail ballot, select My Registration Status from the menu at the top of the home page, complete the form with the required information, then select Show My Mail Ballot Information.
Military, Merchant Marine, or Civilians Residing Overseas
Military (and their dependents), Merchant Marine, and Civilians Residing Overseas should complete a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) which is obtained from their Unit Voting Officer or can be downloaded as a PDF. Once the form is completed and signed you may mail it to:
Supervisor of Elections
971 W Duval St.
Lake City, FL 32055
You may create a postage paid envelope to return your FPCA by placing a #10 business envelope in your printer and downloading the PDF.
If you are already a registered voter, Vote By Mail Ballots may be requested by email, phone or in writing. All requests must be addressed to the Supervisor of Elections Office. Spouses and dependents are considered to be in the same category as their military sponsors and generally should follow the same rules.
Additional military election information is available from:
The Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters
1155 Defense Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20301-1155
or by calling toll-free at 800-438-8683
Florida Military-Friendly Guide: https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/Florida-Military-Friendly-Guide.pdf
You can also the County Military/Overseas Voter Coordinator at (386) 758-1026 ext. 3105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote By Mail Ballot Processing
Once the Supervisor of Elections Office has the Voter's request for a Vote By Mail Ballot on record we will:
- Mail or email ballots approximately 45 days prior to Election Day to voters in the military or residing overseas who have requested a Vote By Mail Ballot.
- Mail ballots to all other requesters of Vote By Mail Ballots approximately 30 days prior to Election Day.
Note: Ballots cannot be forwarded (excluding overseas and military addresses). Please ensure the Supervisor of Elections Office has your most current address on file.
Omitted Signature Affidavit for Vote-By-Mail Ballot - The affidavit is for use by a voter when the voter returns a Vote-By-Mail ballot without signing the Voter’s Certificate: Pursuant to Florida Statute 101.68 (4) (c).