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Vote by Mail Requests Must Received by Wednesday

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014

BRADENTON – Vote by mail (aka absentee ballot) requests for the August 26 Primary Election must be received by Wednesday, August 20 at 5 p.m.

Click here for the form to request a vote by mail ballot. Only registered voters can participate. Click here to check your voter status.

A voter, the voter's immediate family or legal guardian may request an absentee ballot in person, by mail or by telephone. One request can cover all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. If you would like to have an absentee ballot mailed to you, all requests must be received by 5 p.m. on the sixth day before an election. (The Wednesday before a Tuesday election) The person requesting an absentee ballot must disclose:

    The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested;
    The voter’s address;
    The voter’s date of birth;
    The requester’s name;
    The requester’s address;
    The requester’s driver’s license number, if available;
    The requester’s relationship to the voter; and,
    The requester’s signature (written request only).

Marked ballots must be received at the Office of the Supervisor of Elections, 600 301 Boulevard West, Suite 108, Bradenton, not later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. Do not return your voted absentee ballot to a polling place.

A designee may pick up an absentee ballot for a voter on election day or up to 5 days before election day. A designee may only pick up two absentee ballots per election, other than his or her own ballot or ballots for members of his or her immediate family. Immediate family includes:  spouse, parents, child, grandparents, siblings of the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's legal guardian.  Designees must have written authorization from the voter, present a picture I.D. and sign an affidavit.

If you have obtained an absentee ballot but are able to vote in your precinct on election day, you must take the absentee ballot with you to the polls, whether or not it has been marked. However, if you are unable to return the ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Federal portions of general election and presidential preference primary ballots voted by persons outside the U.S. are counted if postmarked no later than election day and received within 10 days of the election.

Early voting opens today and closes next Saturday, August 23, at 7 p.m. Any registered voter can vote early at the following locations. 


Bradenton Area Convention Center
1 Haben Blvd
Palmetto, FL 34221

Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Rocky Bluff Library
6750 US Hwy 301
Ellenton, FL 34222

Supervisor of Elections Office
600 301 Blvd W
Bradenton, FL 34205

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