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Vote by Mail Instructions

As an alternative to voting at your assigned polling location or voting early, you may request that a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to you. You also may request ballots for immediate family members*. Requests may be made for specific elections or for all elections regularly scheduled through 2020. New requests must be made for elections held in subsequent years. 

You may vote absentee at our Main Office prior to Election Day, however you must produce a current photo and signature identification card. Acceptable forms of identification include:

Florida driver license,
Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway, Safety and Motor Vehicles,
United States passport,
Debit or credit card,
Military identification,
Student identification,
Retirement center identification,
Neighborhood association identification,
Public assistance identification,
License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06,
Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or,
Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

To obtain a vote-by-mail ballot for an upcoming election: visit, write or call our office, e-mail us at PCarter@coj.net or request a ballot online.

Supervisor of Elections 
105 East Monroe Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: (904) 630-1414
Fax: (904) 630-2920

To request a ballot for yourself via U.S. mail or fax, you must include the following items.

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your date of birth

NEW! A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to an address other than the one on file in the Florida Voter Registration System must be made in writing and signed by the voter. Exception: An "absent uniformed service voter" or an "overseas voter" is not required to have signed, written request for the ballot to be mailed to a different address.

To request a ballot for a member of your immediate family* or your legal guardian, you must include the following items.

  • The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
  • The voter's address
  • The voter's date of birth
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your drivers license number, if applicable
  • Your relationship to the voter
  • Your signature (written requests only)

*Immediate family is defined as: spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the voter or of the voter's spouse - Florida Statute 101.62(4)(c).

A voter can pick up or have delivered his or her own vote-by-mail ballot at any time the ballot becomes available, including up to 7 p.m. on Election Day. A voter can also authorize in writing a designee to pick up the ballot for him or her but the earliest the designee can then pick up the ballot is five days before Election Day. A designee is limited to picking up two vote-by-mail ballots per elections (not including his or her own ballot and ballots for immediate family members. Additionally, a designee must submit a completed Affidavit to Pick-up a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for a Voter, which includes the written authorization from the voter. If there is no request on record, the voter will also have to submit the request part of the affidavit.

Military and overseas vote by mail ballots are sent out not less than 45 days before the election. Section 101.62, F.S.

Domestic vote by mail ballots are sent out between the 35th and 28th day before the election. Section 101.62, F.S.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned in the envelope provided. The envelope must include the voter's signature. Voted ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at the Supervisor of Elections, 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE.

If you returned your vote-by-mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but there is an issue with your signature or you forgot to sign it, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Signature Affidavit for Vote By Mail Ballot no later than 5 pm on the day before the election. You must complete and sign the affidavit and send a copy of an identification listed on the form. Place the affidavit and a copy of your identification into a mailing envelope addressed to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections, 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Alternatively, you may fax (904) 630-2920 to Brenda Byles or e-mail BByles@coj.net your completed affidavit and a copy of your identification to the Supervisor of Elections. If e-mailing, please provide these documents as attachments. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.

Check the status of your vote-by-mail ballot request.