Make Sure Your Florida Vote By Mail Ballot Counts In The Election

August 6, 2020



With less than three months until the November general election, there has been a growing number of voters who are inquiring about vote by mail options.  In a world of COVID-19, many find the option as a safer way to cast their votes. Though some people have use this method for years, others will be using this method for the first time and this is where you need to make sure your vote by mail ballot is not tossed out for simple errors or oversights. First, make your request by October 24, 2020, which is 10 days before the general election. The sooner the better. The number one reasons a vote by mail ballot is disqualified is the signature on the ballot does not match the one on file. In Florida, county election supervisors will notify any voter of a missing signature or a signature that does not match and allow you to correct it until 5pm following the second day after an election (11/5/20).  The good news is that you can visit and update your signature or view the one on file. While on the site, you should review what address is on file for you and make sure it is up to date.  If you have moved since your last election, a vote by mail ballot cannot be forwarded to your new address. Now that you have your ballot, make sure you follow the directions and filled it out properly. For example, if you’re supposed to fill in the oval next to your selected candidate, fill in that oval—don’t put an “X” or checkmark there instead. And don't wait until the last minute. Although Florida accepts vote by mail ballots postmarked by November 3rd or earlier, any errors on your ballot (such as your signature) might cause it to not be counted. You can always travel to an early voting site or your county's Supervisor of Elections office and hand it personally to an election official before 7pm November 3rd deadline. You can also choose to vote in person either at an early voting poll or on Election Day, even if you’ve requested a vote by mail ballot. Simply bring your vote-by-mail ballot with you to the polls. If the poll workers can’t confirm that your vote hasn’t already been counted, you will be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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