Any qaulified registered voter of Indian River County is entitled to vote an absentee ballot. (NO REASON REQUIRED) People traveling or away in the military are examples of people who vote absentee, but more and more people are using absentee ballots for convenience or to avoid Election Day lines.
Requesting a Mail Ballot
A 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 on-line. If you would like to request a mail ballot on line, click here. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request a 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.
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 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.
Obtaining a Mail Ballot (Mail Ballots cannot be Forwarded by the Post Office)
Mail ballots are mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested a mail ballot. 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 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.
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write). The voter must sign the return envelope.
It is important to have your updated signature on your voter record. This is the signature on file that must match your signature on an absentee ballot certificate envelope in order to count your ballot. This 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 VoterRegistration Application. You may also stop by or call the Supervisor of Elections Office to obtain or complete an application.
VERY IMPORTANT: An absentee ballot will not be counted if the signature on the voter’s certificate does not match the signature on record. The signature on file at the start of the canvass of the absentee ballots is the signature that will be used to verify your signature on the voter’s certificate. The canvassing of absentee ballots will occur no earlier than the 15th day before Election Day.
Any qualified voter may designate in writing another person to pick up a mail ballot for the voter. Carry out ballots are available to a designee on Election Day or up to five days prior to the day of the election. 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.
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.
Voted mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at the Supervisor of Elections office A VOTED BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE.
Deciding Early Vote or Vote at the Polls after Requesting a Mail Ballot
If you request and receive a mail ballot and later decide to early vote or vote at the polls, please take your mail ballot with you to be canceled at your polling place. If you are unable to return the mail ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.