Registered Voters as of March 26th: Total 792,114 - Dem. 337,194 - Rep. 215,620 - Other 05,114 - NPA 234,186


VOTE-BY-MAIL

ELIGIBILITY     

Anyone registered in Orange County may request to vote-by-mail using any of the request methods below. An elector or an elector’s designee can request a ballot to vote-by-mail for all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election (including those not yet scheduled at the time of the request).

ELECTOR’S SIGNATURE ON FILE

A vote-by-mail ballot will be considered illegal and will NOT be counted if the signature on the Voter’s Certificate is missing or if it does not match the signature on record. The signature on file at the start of the canvass of the vote-by-mail ballots is the signature that will be used to verify your signature on the Voter’s Certificate. If you need to update your signature for this election, send your signature update on a voter registration application to our office so that it is received before the beginning of canvassing which can occur no earlier than 7 a.m. the 15th day prior to election day.

HOW TO REQUEST A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

To verify if you already have a request on file please click here.

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be delivered via mail must be received no later than 5 p.m. the 6th day (Wednesday) prior to an election. 

You must include: your name, date of birth, Orange County residential address and mailing address. Written requests must include the voter's signature.

A signed written request is required when requesting a ballot to be mailed to an address that is different from the address on the registration record.

DESIGNEE REQUESTS - (IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY*)

When instructed by the voter an immediate family member or the legal guardian may make a request for the voter.  The request must include the voter's name, date of birth, residential address and the designee's name, relationship to voter, residential address, driver's license number (if available) and phone number (optional).  Written requests must also contain the designee's signature.

If a vote-by-mail ballot needs to be mailed to an address other than what is on file on the voter registration record, the voter must submit a signed written request.

Requests can be made online, by phone at 407-836-2070.  Written requests may be sent via fax to 407-254-6598, via email to voter@ocfelections.com or via mail to PO Box 562001 Orlando, FL, 32856-2001.

WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

The initial delivery of vote-by-mail ballots for stateside (local) voters will occur 35 to 28 days prior to an election.  Initial delivery of vote-by-mail ballots for Military and Overseas voters will occur no later than 45 days prior to an election.  After the initial mailing of vote-by-mail ballots, daily mailings for subsequent requests will be made.

If you have already requested a vote-by-mail ballot, please click here to track the status of your ballot.

WHO CAN PICK UP A VOTE-BY-MAIL  BALLOT

A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot at any time the ballot becomes available including up to 7 p.m. on Election Day. A designee as instructed by the voter may also pick up the ballot for the voter no earlier than 5 days before Election Day. A designee is limited to picking up 2 vote-by-mail ballots per election (not including his or her own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family). The designee must submit a completed Affidavit to Pick-up a Vote-by-Mail Ballot (Spanish) for a Voter which includes the written authorization from the voter. If the voter did not already request a ballot, the Affidavit must be accompanied by a request. Additionally, if a vote-by-mail ballot is picked up or delivered on Election Day, the voter has to complete the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit (Spanish) to affirm that he or she has an emergency that keeps the voter from being able to go his or her assigned polling place to vote.

HOW TO VOTE YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

Your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in the mail along with a secrecy envelope, instruction sheet, and a certificate envelope to use to return the ballot to us.  Be sure to sign the certificate envelope prior to mailing it back to us. The Canvassing Board will reject your ballot if you forget to sign the certificate envelope.

If you don't want to mail your ballot, you may deliver your completed vote-by-mail ballot to the Supervisor of Elections office or to any early voting location.  You may NOT return a vote-by-mail ballot to a polling place on election day.

The last day to ask to have a ballot mailed to you is the sixth day prior to the election.  The deadline to return the ballot is 7 p.m. on election day.

HOW TO CORRECT A MISSING SIGNATURE ON YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

If you returned your vote-by-mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but forgot to sign the Voter's Certificate on the return envelope, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Affidavit for Unsigned Vote-by-Mail Ballot Voter Certificate, with a copy of your identification no later than 5 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.

Affidavit for Unsigned Vote-by-Mail Ballot Voter Certificate  and Instructions (pdf) 

English (pdf)  -   Spanish (pdf)


Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections

Street Address: 119 West Kaley Street Orlando, FL 32806

Mailing Address: PO BOX 562001 Orlando, FL 32856-2001

Office: 407-836-2070    Fax: 407-254-6596    TDD:407-422-4833

Florida has a very broad public records law. As a result, any written communication created or received by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office will be made available to the public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt. Under Florida law, F.S. 668.6076, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this office. Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.