Absentee Voting Information
Voting by mail just got easier!
The convenience of voting by mail just got easier. A new law allows you to make one request and receive ballots for all elections through the next regularly scheduled General Election. An absentee ballot will be mailed prior to each election - approximately 30 days - and you may vote your ballot at your leisure. - in the comfort of your home- and return it by mail or hand deliver, no later than 7:00 pm Election Day. To take advantage of this opportunity, click here to logon to the Free Access System. Once authenticated as a registered voter in St. Lucie County, you can request an absentee ballot.
REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
An absentee ballot request may be made by the voter, the voter’s family or legal guardian. Family members include the voter’s spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild and sibling.
A request for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be received by the Supervisor of Elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the sixth day before the election. Absentee Ballots cannot be forwarded.
An absentee ballot request must include:
The name of the voter, the address to which ballot is to be mailed, date of birth, and, if it is a written request, the signature of the voter is also required. If the ballot is requested by anyone other than the voter, it must also contain the name, address, driver’s license number if available, of the person making the request on behalf of the voter, and must indicate the relationship to the voter. Ballots are available approximately twenty five (25–30) days prior to Election Day.
ABSENTEE BALLOT PICKUP
A voter may ask another person to pick up an absentee ballot on their behalf up to 5 days prior to the day of the election. The person designated may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, other than the designee’s own ballot, except that additional ballots may be picked up for members of the designee’s immediate family.
Someone who is picking up an absentee ballot for another person must have a signed request from the voter. The request must include the name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested, the address of the voter and the voter’s date of birth.
The written request must also include, the name of the person (designee) picking up the ballot, the designee’s address, and relationship to the voter.
VOTING THE ABSENTEE BALLOT
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write). The voter must sign, date and return the Voter’s Certificate envelope. If the voter can not sign his or her name, he or she must place their “mark” or an “X” in the signature box. A power of attorney signature is not valid on an absentee ballot.
VOTING IN PERSON AFTER REQUESTING A BALLOT
If you have obtained an absentee ballot but wish to vote in your precinct on election day, you must take the voted or un-voted absentee ballot with you to the polls so that it can be cancelled. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may be asked to vote a provisional ballot.
RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
Voted Absentee Ballots to be counted must be received at the Supervisor of Elections Office not later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. A VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT CAN NOT BE RETURNED TO A POLLING PLACE. Be sure there is sufficient postage if the ballot is mailed.