A voter, the voter's immediate family or legal guardian may request an absentee ballot in person, by mail or by telephone. One request can cover all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. If you would like to have an absentee ballot mailed to you, all requests must be received by 5 p.m. on the sixth day before an election. (The Wednesday before a Tuesday election) The person requesting an absentee ballot must disclose:
A designee may pick up an absentee ballot for a voter on election day or up to 5 days before election day. A designee may only pick up two absentee ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Immediate family includes: spouse, parents, child, grandparents, siblings of the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's legal guardian. Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture I.D. and sign an affidavit.If you have obtained an absentee ballot but are able to vote in your precinct on election day, you must take the absentee ballot with you to the polls, whether or not it has been marked. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
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.
The 2004 Florida Legislature passed legislation which standardizes early voting throughout the state. Early voting is defined as "casting a ballot prior to election day at a location designated by the supervisor of elections and depositing the voted ballot in the tabulation system." Dates, times and locations are advertised prior to an election.
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
600 301 BOULEVARD WEST, SUITE 108
Bradenton, Florida 34205
Phone: (941) 741-3823
Fax: (941) 741-3820
tty: (941) 708-8551
Military personnel may apply for voter registration or request absentee ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the Unit Voting Officer. If the FPCA is not available, phone or send a written request to the Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Boulevard West, Suite 108, Bradenton, Florida 34205.
NOTE: Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of absentee voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates can assist in completing, witnessing, notarizing and mailing FPCA forms, absentee ballots and other election materials. Additional military election information is available from:
THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Pentagon, Room 1-B457 Washington, D.C. 20301
Ballot Marking Requirements
The law requires the elector to personally vote the ballot, exclusive of electors who require assistance due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write.
In order for Absentee ballots to be counted, the Absentee Certificate Envelope has to be completed in FULL to include:
VOTER'S SIGNATURE (Power of Attorney cannot sign for voter)
OVERSEAS VOTER MUST INCLUDE DATE SIGNED
Returning your ballot by mail, be sure to put the appropriate amount of postage on your return envelope.
How many absentee ballots can someone pick up?
A person may pick up absentee ballots for no more than two (2) voters in any given election, unless they are immediate family members in which case there is no set limit. Immediate family includes: spouse, parents, child, grandparents, siblings of the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's legal guardian.
What is Permanent Absentee Status?
Any Manatee County registered voter who is unable to get to the polls on a permanent basis can register as a permanent absentee voter. Voters who are listed as permanent absentee voters will automatically be mailed a list of the upcoming elections each year. They simply select the elections for which they want to receive absentee ballots and return this form to our office. These voters will then receive an absentee ballot for every election they selected. To become a permanent absentee voter, contact our office at (941) 741-3823.
Physical: 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108 | Bradenton FL 34205
Mailing: PO Box 1000 | Bradenton FL 34206-1000
Tel (941) 741-3823 Fax (941) 741-3820