Learn how to use the new Vote-by-Mail System in Florida

After confusion with vote by mail in the 2020 election, Florida has paved the way for a more succinct statewide system to ensure your vote is counted. 

Vote-by-mail allows registered voters to cast their ballots without voting in person during early voting or on Election Day. Here’s how the new statewide system will work. 

  1. A voter can request that a ballot be sent to them or picked up in person.
  • Duration of Request:
    • A vote-by-mail request covers all elections from the submission date until the end of the calendar year of the next regularly scheduled general election.
    • The request must be renewed after this period.
    • If a ballot is returned undeliverable, it cancels the request on record.
  • How to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot:
    • Requests can be made by signed writing (Form DS-DE 160), in person at the Supervisor of Elections’ office, or by phone.
    • Required information includes the voter’s name, date of birth, address, Florida driver license/ID or last four digits of social security number, and the voter’s signature if the request is written.
  • Who Can Request a Ballot:
    • The voter, immediate family members, legal guardian, or a designee for a voter with a disability can request a ballot.
    • Additional information is required if the request is made on behalf of the voter.
  • Deadline to Request and Mail Ballots:
    • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is no later than 5 p.m. on the 12th day before the election.
    • Supervisors must mail the ballot within 2 business days after a request but no later than the 10th day before the election.
  • Ballot Pick-Up:
    • Voters can pick up their ballots once they are available.
    • Voters can designate another person to pick up their ballot, but designees are limited to picking up ballots for two other voters per election.
  • Voting and Returning the Ballot:
    • Instructions are included with the vote-by-mail ballot; no witness requirement exists.
    • Ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections’ office by 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.
  • Tracking and Curing Ballots:
    • Voters can track their ballot status online through the county Supervisor of Elections’ website.
    • If a signature is missing or mismatched, voters can submit a “Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure” Affidavit (Form DS-DE 139) with ID by 5 p.m. on the second day after the election.
  • Special Provisions:
    • Additional information is available for military and overseas voters, and accessible voting methods for persons with disabilities.


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