1. How does the Elections Office send a ballot to a voter?
There are multiple ways for the Elections Office to send the ballot.
Military voters absent from Duval County and overseas voters are permitted to have a vote-by-mail ballot sent to them by mail, fax, or email.
2. Is there anything I can do if I am having a hard time receiving my ballot?
Military voters absent from Duval County and overseas voters are permitted to use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot. If the voter has not received a vote-by-mail ballot yet and has already requested one for the upcoming election, the voter may download a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and vote with it immediately.
3. Once I am registered to vote in Florida, am I “safe” from having my registration removed?
No. It is extremely important to keep your mailing address current with the Supervisor of Elections. If the Supervisor of Elections Office attempts to send you a piece of mail and it is returned to the Elections Office "undeliverable," and--if you do not contact the Elections Office within two general elections, then your record could change to the ineligible status. To vote in any election thereafter, you would have to re-register by the deadline, 29 days prior to the election.
4. Your signature with your voted absentee ballot must match your signature on file at the Elections Office in order for your ballot to be counted.
If you need to update your signature for this election, send your signature update on a voter registration application to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections so that it is received earlier than your voted ballot and no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, which occurs no earlier than the 15th day before Election Day.
5. A voted ballot may NOT be returned by email.
6. Even with power of attorney, a spouse or dependent may NOT sign the Voter's Certificate accompanying your ballot for you.
7. When you return your voted absentee ballot by fax (applicable only to overseas voters), you are voluntarily choosing to surrender your right to a secret ballot.
Fla. Stat. §98.068 (2014) and F.A.C. Rule 1S-2-030 (2014)
Federal Post Card Application - PDF
Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot - PDF
Florida Voter Registration Application
Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov)