How to Vote by Mail Ballot
As authorized by Florida law, any eligible registered voter in Seminole County has the opportunity to request and vote by mail ballot. Approximately one month before an election, mail ballots are mailed to the address requested by the voter or may be picked up in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Who can vote by mail ballot?
If you are a qualified voter in the state, you are entitled to vote a mail ballot.
How do I request a mail ballot?
IMPORTANT: If you need your mail ballot sent to an address that is not currently on your voter record, you must MAIL us the request with an original signature.
A request for an mail ballot can be made online, in person, by mail or by telephone. 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.
For a printable form, click here
What information must I provide to request a mail ballot?
A request from the voter must include the following:
- 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
- The requester’s relationship to the voter
- The requester’s signature (written request only)
When can I request a mail ballot?
An absentee ballot may be requested at any time and is effective for all elections for which the voter is eligible through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. An absentee ballot request can also be made for a specific election.
To receive an absentee ballot by mail for a specific election, you must make the request no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 6th day prior to that election.
How and when will I receive my mail ballot?
Mail ballots are mailed approximately one month prior to each election to those voters who have requested a mail ballot. Mail ballots cannot be forwarded. After they become available, new mail ballot requests are processed and mailed within two business days.
NOTE: The last day to request that an mail ballot be mailed to you is 6 days prior to an election. After that time, ballots may be picked up at the Supervisor of Elections Office during regularly scheduled business hours.
Can I pick up an mail ballot for another person?
Carry out ballots are available only during the five days prior to an election. A signed, written authorization from the voter is required, specifying the person to pick up the ballot, and if related, the relationship to the voter. The designee may only pick up two (2) mail ballots per election other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide photo and signature identification and complete the above affidavit.
How do I return my mail ballot?
Mail ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections by mail or delivery by the voter or another individual.
Overseas voters click here.
Voted mail ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day at the office of the Supervisor of Elections.
If you are a first-time Seminole County voter who registered by mail you must provide required identification prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day for your mail ballot to count.
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Love the “I Voted” stickers, but voted by mail? Print your own I Voted By Mail sticker using the JPG graphic below, or using a standard Avery label 5161 HERE.
How do I correct a missing or flagged signature on my mail ballot?
If you returned your mail ballot but forgot to sign the ballot, or if the signature on your mail ballot has been flagged for review, your ballot may not count unless you complete and return the Mail Ballot Signature Affidavit no later than 5 p.m. 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. A copy of the form is HERE.
If I have an emergency and can’t make it to my neighborhood-based polling location on Election Day, can I go to the elections office in Sanford and request a mail ballot on-site?
There is a provision which allows you to make a request for a mail ballot on Election Day if you have an emergency which does not provide you with the opportunity to get to your neighborhood-based polling location. The voter must complete this form.