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Voter Update from the Florida Democratic Party

An important Voter Protection update from our Voter Protection Director, Brandon Peters: 

  1. Voters who are concerned about voting at the polls can pick up a vote-by-mail ballot at their county Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office.
  2. A voter can also designate someone to pick up their ballot by completing Form DS-DE 37 (English PDF/ Español PDF) before Election Day or DS-DE 136 (English PDF/ Español PDF) on Election Day.
  3. If it is an Election Day request, the voter must affirm that an emergency exists that keeps that voter from being able to vote at his or her assigned polling place.
  4. There is no definition of an “emergency” as it relates to this requirement.
  5. Therefore, a fact-specific determination must be made by the SOE under the unique circumstances of each case.
  6. A designee is limited to picking up vote-by-mail ballots for two other voters per election (not including their own ballot and the ballots for immediate family members) and must provide photo ID.
  7. The voted ballot must be received by the SOE office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  8. State law imposes no limits on the number of ballots that a person may return to the SOE.
  9. Some counties may have restrictions, however.
  10. Voters can check with their county SOE to determine if their county has limits on the number of ballots that a person may return to the SOE.

If you have any additional questions, we are here to help! Save our Voter Protection Hotline and visit our website here

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