“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves —
and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Understanding Vote by Mail rules
• Under Florida law, all registered voters are permitted to Vote by Mail in any election. Period. No reason necessary.
• Vote by Mail ballots are mailed (by law) between four to five weeks before any given election.
• Florida does not require a registered voter to be “absent” to Vote by Mail. All voters are eligible.
• The voter must be able to receive mail at the address the voter has identified in his/her Vote by Mail request. Important: Vote by Mail ballots are not forwardable by the Post Office.
• Voted “Vote by Mail” ballots must be mailed, or delivered in person, reaching the Supervisor of Elections’ main office in Punta Gorda no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election or by 5pm at our branch offices in the Murdock Administration Building or in the West County Annex on San Casa Drive. Please do not return your voted “Vote by Mail” ballot to a polling place.
• If you have obtained a “Vote by Mail” ballot, but want to vote in your precinct on Election Day, you do not need to take the absentee ballot with you to the polls.
Why to Vote by Mail
• When we make it easier to vote, more people vote.
• You get your ballot mailed to your home. At your comfort, you can review the candidates and ballot questions with plenty of time before election day.
• No issues with the weather, illness or other emergencies.
• No need to schedule a trip to the polls.
• No worries that “life will get in the way”
• Mail ballots are the first ballots counted.
• You can mail your ballot.
• You can drop it off in person to select Supervisor of Election locations.
With Vote by Mail, you’ll simply have more flexibility and convenience to cast your ballot in the way that works best for you.