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About Voting by Mail


What is Vote by Mail?

Voting by Mail is a service offered by the Supervisor of Elections for registered voters who do not wish to attend their voting precinct on Election Day.

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Who Can Vote by Mail?

If you are a qualified registered Pasco County voter, you are entitled to vote by mail for any reason.

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Requesting a Ballot

A Vote by Mail ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through the next two general election cycles. The request can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or at pascovotes.com. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request a 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 from the voter must include the following information:

  • The voter's name.
  • 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 ballot, that designee must provide 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).
  • The requester's name.
  • The requester's address.
  • The requester's driver license number, if available.
  • The requester's relationship to voter.
  • The requester's signature (written request only).

All requests for mailed ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the 6th day prior to the election.

***Notice***

Florida Law requires that if the ballot is requested to be mailed to an address other than the elector’s address on file in the Florida Voter Registration System, the request must be made in writing, signed by the elector, and delivered to the Supervisor of Elections office. (F.S.101.62) 

You may use this form to request a vote by mail ballot in writing.

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Obtaining a Vote by Mail Ballot

Vote by Mail ballots are mailed approximately 45 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested a ballot and are serving in the military or reside overseas. All other mail ballots are mailed approximately 35 days prior to each election. Ballots cannot be forwarded (excluding overseas and military addresses). Be sure the Elections’ office has your correct mailing address.

You may check the status of your request at pascovotes.com.

A qualified voter may designate in writing another person to pick up a 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) Vote by 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 picture identification, the written authorization from the voter, and complete an affidavit. Military and overseas voters have the option of requesting their ballot to be emailed to them.

AFFIDAVIT TO PICK-UP VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT FOR A VOTER

Voters may pick up mail ballots in person through the day before Election Day. By state law, mail ballots cannot be issued on Election Day except in the case of an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place. The voter or voter's designee must submit an affidavit regarding the emergency.

ELECTION DAY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT DELIVERY AFFIDAVIT

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Voting a Ballot

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 or apply their legal mark to the return envelope.

When you return a Vote by Mail ballot, your signature is verified against the signature we have on file. If the signatures do not match, your ballot may not be counted. Voters may update their signature by completing a voter registration application.

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Returning a Vote by Mail Ballot

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 ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections' office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by USPS, allow 3-5 delivery days for return. A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE. However, a voter may surrender their mail ballot to the pollworker and vote at their polling place.

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Correcting a Missing Signature

Effective January 1, 2014, if you returned your vote by mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Omitted Signature Affidavit for Vote-by-Mail Ballot no later than 5:00 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.

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Curing a Signature Mismatch

Effective October 17, 2016, if you returned your vote by mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but the signature on the Voter's Certificate did not match the signature on the Supervisor of Elections' file, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Signature Cure Affidavit for Vote-By-Mail Ballot  no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.

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Military Information

Military personnel may apply for voter registration or request Vote by Mail ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the Unit Voting Officer or is available on-line.

If already a registered voter, vote by mail ballots may be requested by email, phone, or in writing. All requests must be sent to the Supervisor of Elections’ office. Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of vote by mail voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.

Federal portions of general election and presidential preference primary ballots voted by persons outside the U.S. are counted if postmarked no later than Election Day and received within 10 days of the election. Additional military election information is available from:

THE DIRECTOR
FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Department of Defense
Washington Headquarters Services
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1155
Toll-free 800-438-8683

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Election Dates

The 2018 Election Dates:

Election
Book Closing Date
Date of Election

Municipal March 12, 2018 April 10, 2018
 
Primary July 30, 2018 August 28, 2018  
General October 9, 2018 November 6, 2018  

The 2020 Election Dates:

Election
Book Closing Date
Date of Election

Presidential Preference February 18, 2020 March 17, 2020
 
Primary July 27, 2020 August 25, 2020  
General October 5, 2020 November 3, 2020  

 

The Book Closing Date is the statewide deadline to register to vote, or change your political party for any election if you are already registered. For first time voters in Florida, a completed voter registration form must be in the Supervisor of Elections' office, or postmarked, by the book closing date. If you have relocated to a new address within Florida, register that address with the Supervisor of Elections' office as soon as possible.

An online sample ballot will usually be available 25-30 days prior to an election. Immediately following the election, the sample ballot will be replaced by the election results.