Yes, assuming you are already registered, you may make a request in person or in writing to the Supervisor of Election to provide you with a Vote-by-Mail (formerly absentee) ballot.[1] “Vote-by-Mail” refers to voting a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a voter who is unable or un-willing to go to the polls to vote during early voting or Election Day. You do not have to be absent from the county or have an excuse to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot. When you receive your ballot, follow the ballot instructions carefully to ensure that your ballot is properly completed, returned timely, and counted. A Vote-by-Mail ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections for the county in which you are registered no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.[2] Additionally, please keep in mind that, as a convenience to voters, Florida has allowed early voting throughout the State since 2004.[3] Early voting begins on the 10th day before an election that contains a state or federal race and ends on the 3rd day before an election. Early voting may be held for a maximum of 12 hours, but no less than 8 hours per day. Your Supervisor of Elections may hold early voting for elections that are not held in conjunction with state or federal elections, at his or her discretion.


Remember, Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a partisan primary election, you must be a registered voter in the party for which the primary is being held.[4] All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in a primary election 1) for nonpartisan candidates, 2) on local referendum questions, and 3) for partisan races if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election.[5]

[1] § 101.62, Fla. Stat.

[2] §§101.65, 101.69, 101.6103, and 101.657, Fla. Stat.

[3] §101.657, Fla. Stat.

[4] §101.021, Fla. Stat.

[5] Fla. Const. Art. VI, § 5