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Updates to Vote-by-Mail Procedures
Vote-by-mail requests expire after each federal general election cycle. Therefore, all vote-by-mail requests expired on Dec. 31, 2022. To continue to receive vote-by-mail ballots, you must submit a new vote-by-mail request each general election cycle. See below to submit a new request.
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 next 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. twelve 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.
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.
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 through our vote-by-mail web request
- 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)
- Mail: P.O. Box 562001, Orlando, FL 32856-2001
- Send your request via email
- Fax: 407-254-6577
- Please be sure any written request includes the following information:
- Your name
- Residential address
- Mailing address (if any)
- Florida ID or driver license number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number
- Date of birth
- Election(s) for which you are requesting a vote-by-mail ballot
Designee Vote-by-Mail Pick-Up
After vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed and up to 7 p.m. on Election Day, you can designate, in writing, someone to pick up your vote-by-mail ballot from our office.
The designee must bring a Vote-by-Mail Request Form filled out by the voter, and an affidavit to pick-up the voter’s blank ballot (Form DS-DE 162) for a Voter. The designee must show photo identification and may pick up ballots for no more than two non-family members.
If a voter or designee waits until the start of mandatory early voting or up through Election Day to pick up or have delivered a vote-by-mail ballot, a special affidavit must also be completed. The voter must affirm in the affidavit that an emergency exists that keeps the voter from being able to vote at a designated early voting site in his or her county or at his or her assigned polling place on Election Day.
Download a Vote-by-Mail Designee Request Form (English, PDF)
Download a Vote-by-Mail Designee Request Form (Spanish, PDF)
Download an Affidavit for Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery and Emergency Pick-up (Interim Proposed Form) (English PDF, Division of Elections Website)
Download an Affidavit for Vote-by-Mail Ballot Delivery and Emergency Pick-up (Interim Proposed Form) (Spanish PDF, Division of Elections Website)
Accessible Vote-by-Mail Ballot Program
If you have a visual impairment or disability, you have the option to mark your vote-by-mail ballot via OmniBallot.
OmniBallot is an accessible "web balloting portal" which allows eligible voters to access, mark, and print their ballots at home, on their home devices and printers. OmniBallot is not an online voting system, and has been reviewed and certified by the Florida Secretary of State, as well as reviewed by numerous federal, state, and independent cybersecurity labs.
For more information on participating in this program, call us at 407-836-2070 or email us here.
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.