Electronic Transmission of Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) Ballots

Overseas voters (members of the uniformed services in active service, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and other citizens of the United States), who are permanent residents of Florida and are temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia, and who are qualified and registered to vote may request a vote-by-mail ballot by fax or electronic mail from the supervisor of elections. Members of the uniformed services who are serving in the United States and its territories, but who reside away from their home of record may also request a vote-by-mail ballot by fax or electronic mail from the supervisor of elections. (A request for a ballot to be faxed to a voter is valid for only the coming election or the one election specified by the voter.)

The request must include:

  • The name of the voter requesting the ballot;
  • The voter’s county of legal residence in Florida;
  • The voter’s date of birth;
  • The voter’s signature (facsimile requests only), and
  • One of the following:
    1. An APO/FPO or other deliverable mailing address if the voter wishes the ballot to be mailed
    2. A fax machine number where return information will be received if the voter wishes the ballot faxed
    3. An email address if the voter wishes the ballot to be transmitted via electronic mail

To mail your ballot to the supervisor of elections:

  1. Place your marked ballot in a secrecy envelope. If the ballot was mailed to you, use the secrecy envelope provided. If your ballot was faxed or sent by electronic mail, place your marked ballot in an unmarked envelope and seal the envelope.
  2. Insert the secrecy envelope inside a separate mailing envelope. If the ballot was mailed to you, use the mailing envelope provided and fill out the Voter’s Certificate on the back. If the ballot was faxed or sent by email, place the sealed secrecy envelope and the completed Voter’s Certificate in another envelope for mailing. Do not seal the Voter’s Certificate in the secrecy envelope with the ballot. Clearly mark the mailing envelope “Vote-by-Mail Ballot Enclosed.”
  3. Mail the ballot to the supervisor of elections. Be sure there is sufficient postage.
  4. Overseas voters may return a voted ballot by mail or fax only. Voted ballots returned by electronic mail will not be accepted.

To fax your ballot to the supervisor of elections:

  1. Send the ballot and the Voter’s Certificate directly to the fax number provided by the supervisor of elections or to a number provided by the Federal Voting Assistance Program of the Department of Defense.
  2. Understand that by faxing your ballot, you will be voluntarily waiving you right to a secret ballot.

In order for the ballot to be counted, it must be received by the supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. election day.