FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 15, 2020
Contact: Tami Bentley
Supervisor of Elections Announces Postage Paid Return of Vote-by-Mail Ballots
Pasco County FL - Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley announced that due to the unprecedented nature of the 2020 election cycle, voters who wish to vote by mail in the upcoming Primary and General Elections will not be required to pay postage to return their ballot.
"Although the impact of COVID-19 on the election cycle is largely unknown, at a minimum, I believe that social distancing guidelines may inevitably create long lines and wait times at Early Voting Sites and Election Day polling places," said Supervisor Corley. "We are promoting vote-by-mail as a third option for casting a ballot in hopes of mitigating any inconvenience to voters at the polls. In these unprecedented times we are also taking the extra step of paying return postage for vote-by-mail ballots as a way of assisting voters to safely cast their ballot."
Voting by mail allows you to vote in your own time from the convenience of your home. Voting by mail is secure and easy. For added comfort you can track your ballot through the process from our website and sign up for the option to receive text/e-mail notifications about your ballot status.
Florida has had no excuse absentee voting since 2002, and in 2016 the term absentee was officially changed to vote-by-mail by unanimous vote of the Florida legislature. Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot is easy and can be done online at https://www.pascovotes.gov/, by phone at 1-800-851-8754, or by signed written request (include your date of birth) mailed to PO Box 300, Dade City FL 33526. Vote-by-mail ballots are mailed approximately 40 days prior to each election when a request is on file, but voters can continue to request ballots up to 10 days before an election with requests being processed within 24 hours.
For more information on voting by mail, see our FAQ at https://www.pascovotes.gov/.
Brian E. Corley
Supervisor of Elections