Registered Voters as of 12/21/2014 REP:237,767 DEM:369,599 Other:246,042 Total:853,408

Absentee Ballot Instructions

Any qualified Palm Beach County voter is entitled to vote an absentee ballot.  An absentee ballot may be requested in person at one of our offices, in writing, over the telephone or by completing the online application.  Telephonic, written or facsimile requests should be directed to:    

Supervisor of Elections

P.O. Box 22309
West Palm Beach, Florida  33416-2309

Telephone:  (561) 656-6200
Facsimile:  (561) 656-6220

When requesting an absentee ballot, the voter must provide the following information:

 ·    Name

·     Residence address

·     Address where the ballot is to be mailed*

     *Effective Jan. 1, 2014, a request for a ballot to be mailed to an address other than the voter’s address on file in the Florida Voter Registration System (FVRS), must be in writing and signed by the voter. Absentee uniformed service members and overseas voters are exempt from this requirement.

·     Date of birth

·     Local Telephone Number

·     Out of Town Telephone Number

·     Voter's signature

Notify the elections office immediately should your residence or mailing address change.

 

Absentee ballots are not forwardable by the U.S. Postal Service.

 

If a member of the voter's immediate family makes the request for the voter’s ballot to be mailed to the voter’s address on file in the Florida Voter Registration System, the requester must provide the voter's information listed above, as well as:

·     Requester's name (if other than the voter)

·     Requester's relationship to the voter (a member of the voter's immediate family*)

     *F.S. 101.62(4)(c)4 defines Immediate family as: spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse’s child, spouse’s parent, spouse’s grandparent or spouse’s sibling.

·     Requester's address

·     Requester's driver's license number (if available)

·     Requester's signature (written requests only)



A designee may pick up an absentee ballot for a voter beginning on the Thursday five (5) days before and including Election Day. 

Please note:  Florida Statute 101.62(4)(b)(4) limits pickups of absentee ballots by a designee to two (2) absentee ballots per election, other than their own or immediate family.


Designees must provide:

·       Written authorization signed by the voter

·       Valid picture identification

·       A signed affidavit containing the required information from the voter and designee



Affidavit to Pick-Up Absentee Ballot for a Voter

Download Affidavit to Pick-Up Absentee Ballot for a Voter Form (DS-DE 37)


Florida Statute 101.62(4)(c)5 allows for the delivery of an absentee ballot to an elector or an elector's immediate family member on the day of the election ONLY in the case of an emergency, to the extent that the elector will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place. The elector or his or her designee shall execute an affidavit affirming to the facts which allow for delivery of the absentee ballot.

Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Affidavit

Download Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Form (DS-DE 136)


A voter must personally vote his or her own ballot unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write. A signature as Power of Attorney will not be accepted and the ballot will not be counted. Detailed instructions on how to mark your absentee ballot are provided with your absentee ballot packet.



In order for your ballot to be counted, the Voter's Certificate Envelope must contain your signature or legal mark.

Florida Statutes requires the County Canvassing Board to reject as illegal any absentee ballot that is not signed. Effective January 1, 2014, Florida Statute 101.68(4)(b) allows an absentee voter who returned an absentee ballot without the voter's signature to complete and submit an affidavit and a copy of his/her identification to rectify their absentee ballot. The deadline to rectify an absentee ballot missing the voter’s signature is 5 p.m. on the day before an election.
Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.


Omitted Signature Affidavit

Download Omitted Signature Affidavit for Absentee Ballot & Instructions (DS-DE 139)



Your voted and signed absentee ballot must be received at the Main Office of the Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.  Branch offices close at 5:00 p.m. on Election Day.


VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COUNT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE POLLS OR AT EARLY VOTING SITES!