David H. Stafford
Escambia County
Supervisor of Elections


Who Can Vote By Mail?

All qualified voters are permitted to vote by mail using a vote-by-mail ballot under Florida law.


See our Military and Overseas Voters section for details on how Members of the United States Uniformed Services on active duty and the merchant marine, their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States may apply for voter registration or request a vote-by-mail ballot.

How Do I Vote By Mail?

A voter, or someone designated by the voter, may request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections in person, by mail, by e-mail, by telephone or using an online form. One request can cover all elections through the next two General Elections. The person requesting a vote-by-mail ballot must disclose:

  • The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested;
  • The voter’s address;
  • The voter’s date of birth;
  • The requester’s name;
  • The requester’s address;
  • The requester’s driver’s license number, if available;
  • The requester’s relationship to the voter; and,
  • The requester’s signature (written request only).

NOTE: If you do not wish for your e-mail address to be disclosed to political parties and candidates for office, do not use the online request form. Instead, contact us by phone or in writing.

What are the Deadlines to Vote By Mail?

  • 5 p.m. on the 6th day (the Wednesday) before Election Day is the deadline for a request for a ballot to be mailed.
  • All ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections’ office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. (There is an exception for overseas voters in certain elections.)

NOTE: Do not return your vote-by-mail ballot to a polling place, unless you wish to cancel that ballot and vote in person.

How Can I Check the Status of My ballot?

Mail ballot voters can now track the status of their ballot, including when the ballot was mailed and when it was received in the elections office. Track My Ballot for more information.

What if I Forgot to Sign My Ballot or my Signature Doesn’t Match?

If you returned your vote-by-mail ballot and your supervisor of elections informed you that your forgot to sign your ballot or that the signature did not match your signature on file, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Vote-My-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit. This affidavit must be returned along with a copy of the required ID 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.

Can I Pick Up A Vote-By-Mail Ballot in Person?

A voter my pick up an vote-by-mail ballot in person at the Supervisor of Elections’ Office. In addition, a designee may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot for a voter beginning 5 days before election day. A designee may only pick up two ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture I.D. and sign an affidavit.

NOTE: A vote-by-mail ballot may not be delivered on Election Day to a voter or a designee unless there is an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her polling place. A signed affidavit is required in this circumstance, which becomes public record when submitted.

What if I Now Want to Vote In Person Instead?

If you have obtained a vote-by-mail ballot but wish to vote at an early voting location or in your precinct on election day, you must take the ballot with you to the polls to surrender it, whether or not it has been marked. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.

(see sections 101.048, 101.62 and 101.69, Florida Statutes)

Are There Restrictions on Delivering or Collecting Ballots?

Yes. Pursuant to section 104.0616, “Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two vote-by-mail ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in ss. 101.6105-101.695, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.”

MAR 2020


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