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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Florida

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Florida.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

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Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

Early voting dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.

All Florida counties will hold early voting for at least 8 days by state law. Locally, your county Supervisor of Elections may decide to add additional early voting dates. Your early voting sites, dates, and hours can be found here.

How Vote By Mail Works in Florida

Voting by mail is a two step process in Florida. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is 10th day before the election at 5 p.m. Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county Supervisor of Elections, early voting site, or county designated drop box on or before Election Day at 7 p.m.
  • Or stamp and return by mail to your county Supervisor of Elections so that it is received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Once you get your ballot and fill it out, sign and date where indicated. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count. Can't remember what your voter registration signature looks like? In Florida, you have the opportunity to update your voter registration signature up to five days before Election Day. Follow the steps here to update.

Use The Right Form of ID

Florida voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
  • Early voting locations
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot. If there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any issues by Nov. 5th. You may get a call from number that you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in-person ballot on Election Day. 

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Florida

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Florida First Time Voter Info