If you are unable or prefer not to vote early or at the polls on Election Day, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot. The vote-by-mail packet will include instructions on how to mark your ballot, sign the voter’s certificate, and return your ballot.
You can request a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to you at any time. You can also have an immediate family member or legal guardian request the vote-by-mail ballot on your behalf. You or your designee can request a vote-by-mail ballot for all elections through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election (including those not yet scheduled at the time of your request). We must receive your request for a vote-by-mail ballot no later than 5 p.m. ten days before the election.
For your vote to count, we must receive your voted, signed vote-by-mail ballot no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day – postmarks do not count.
If you do not want to mail back your completed ballot, you can drop it off at our office anytime, or during early voting hours at any early voting location. All early voting locations can be found on our Early Voting Locations page.
You can also exchange it for an in-person ballot at your assigned polling place on Election Day.
Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
If you need your ballot mailed to a temporary address that is not on your record, then you must submit your request in writing with your signature. Download the form below and return by mail, fax, or as an email attachment through our Contact Us page.
- Request your vote-by-mail ballot online or
- By phone – call us at 407-836-8683 or
- By fax, mail or email – download a Vote-by-Mail Request Form (English, PDF)
download a Vote-by-Mail Request Form (Spanish, PDF)
- Fax: 407-254-6598
- Mail: P.O. Box 562001, Orlando, FL 32856-2001
- Your name
- Residential address
- Mailing address (if any)
- Date of birth
- Election(s) for which you are requesting a vote-by-mail ballot
- By email
- By designee – Starting nine days before an election you can designate, in writing, someone to pick up your vote-by-mail ballot from our office. Your vote-by-mail ballot can then be picked up at our office up to the day before the election. Your written request must include the information listed above. The designee must show photo identification and may pick up ballots for no more than two non-family members.
Download an Affidavit to Pick-Up Vote-by-Mail Ballot for a Voter (English PDF, Division of Elections Website)
Download an Affidavit to Pick-Up Vote-by-Mail Ballot for a Voter (Spanish PDF, Division of Elections Website)
If your vote-by-mail ballot is picked up or delivered on Election Day, you or your designee have to complete the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit to affirm that you have an emergency that keeps you from being able to go to your assigned polling place to vote. If the affidavit is completed by your designee, they must also submit the Affidavit to Pick-Up Vote-by Mail Ballot for a Voter.
Download the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit (English PDF, Division of Elections Website)
Download the Election Day Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit (Spanish PDF, Division of Elections Website)
The first delivery of vote-by-mail ballots for local voters is 40 to 33 days before an election. The first delivery of vote-by-mail ballots for military and overseas voters is at least 45 days before an election. After the first mailing of vote-by-mail ballots, daily mailings will be made for later requests.
Your vote-by-mail ballot will not count if the signature on the return envelope does not match the signature on file. Signatures often change due to age, injury, or illness.
To update your signature, complete a Florida Voter Registration Application (English PDF, Division of Elections Website).
Download a Florida Voter Registration Application (Spanish PDF, Division of Elections Website)
Missing Signature or Signature Mismatch
If you return a vote-by-mail ballot without a signature or with a non-matching signature, you can “cure” your ballot with an affidavit. You have until 5 p.m. two days after Election Day to submit the affidavit, which will allow the ballot to be counted.