Who Can Request to Vote-by-Mail?
Every registered voter in Indian River County is entitled to request a vote-by-mail ballot (No Excuses Required). More and more people are using mail ballots out of convenience or to avoid Election Day lines.
How Do I Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot?
A vote-by-mail ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing regularly scheduled General Election. The request can be made in person, by mail, by telephone or online. Request a vote-by-mail ballot online by clicking here. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter’s spouse or legal guardian. Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot to be sent to an address other than the address on record requires the voter to submit a written request which must be signed by the voter. This request may be emailed, faxed, mailed or hand-delivered. The voter may also take a photo of the signed note and email the photo to email@example.com.
A request made through any of the above methods from the voter must include the following information:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested.
- The voter’s address.
- The voter’s date of birth.
- The voter’s signature (written request only).
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request a vote-by-mail ballot for him or herself, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
- The requester’s name.
- The requester’s address.
- The requester’s driver’s license number if available.
- The request’s relationship to the voter.
- The requester’s signature (written request only).
What Is The Process For Sending Vote-by-Mail Ballots?
Ballots are mailed between 35 and 28 days (45 days for military and overseas voters) prior to each election to those voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be forwarded so it is important that the elections office is provided with a correct mailing address. If you are requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for more than one election and will be in a different location for each election, make a separate request for each election with the correct mailing address. If your legal residence or mailings address changes, please contact the Supervisor of Elections office. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be forwarded by USPS.
Voting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write). Using blue or black ink or a number two pencil, draw a line connecting the two parts of the arrow adjacent to your selection. The voter must sign the return envelope.
Why Should I Update My Signature?
It is important to have your updated signature on your voter record. This is the signature on file that must match your signature on a vote-by-mail ballot certificate envelope in order for your ballot to be counted. The signature on file is also used to verify your signature on a candidate or initiative petition.
If your signature or identifying mark has changed, please update your signature on a Florida Voter Registration Application. You may also stop by or call the Supervisor of Elections Office to obtain an application.
What Happens If I Forget to Sign My Ballot?
Failure to include a signature means your ballot may not be counted. If you forget to sign your certificate envelope, Florida law allows you the opportunity to submit an affidavit to cure the unsigned vote-by-mail ballot. The affidavit must be completed and submitted along with a copy of your identification by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Click Here for affidavit.
What Is The Deadline to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot?
A vote-by-mail ballot request must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on the sixth (6th) day before the election.
What Is Designated Pick Up?
Any qualified voter may designate in writing another person to pick up a vote-by-mail ballot for the voter. Carry-out ballots are available to a designee on Election Day or up to five days prior to Election Day. The designee may only pick up two (2) mail ballots per election other than his or her own, except for the ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide picture identification, the written authorization from the voter and complete an affidavit.
How Do I Return a Completed Vote-by-Mail Ballot?
Vote-by-Mail ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections office by the voter, either in person or by mail. If the voter is unable to mail or personally deliver the ballot, the voter may designate a person to return the ballot.
***NEW*** For the convenience of voters, Mail Ballot Drop Boxes will be provided inside all three early voting sites during voting hours, beginning with the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Vote-by-Mail Ballots Boxes are sealed and secure. Ballots will be returned daily to the Elections Office.
Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at the Supervisor of Elections office. Completed vote-by-mail ballots cannot be accepted at a polling place on Election Day.
Can I Vote Early or on Election Day After Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot?
If you request and receive a vote-by-mail ballot and later decide to vote early or at the polls, please take your vote-by-mail ballot with you to be canceled at the polling place. If you are unable to surrender the vote-by-mail ballot, you may vote a regular ballot only if the Elections Office can verify we have not yet received your completed vote-by-mail ballot.
Can I Pick Up A Vote-by-Mail Ballot on Election Day?
To receive a vote-by-mail ballot on Election Day, you must complete the Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Affidavit to affirm that you have an emergency keeping you from being able to go to your assigned polling place to vote.