Vote by Mail Instructions
Any qualified Palm Beach County voter is entitled to vote a vote by mail ballot.A mail 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
When requesting a vote by mail ballot, the voter must provide the following information:
- 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. Absent 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.
Vote by Mail 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 a mail 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 vote by mail ballots by a designee to two (2) mail 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 Vote by Mail Ballot for a Voter
Download Affidavit to Pick-Up Vote by Mail Ballot for a Voter Form (DS-DE 37)
Florida Statute 101.62(4)(c)5 allows for the delivery of a vote by mail 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 vote by mail ballot.
Election Day Vote by Mail Ballot Delivery Affidavit
Download Election Day Vote by Mail 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 ballot are provided with your vote by mail 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 vote by mail ballot that is not signed. Effective January 1, 2014, Florida Statute 101.68(4)(b) allows an vote by mail voter who returned a ballot without the voter's signature to complete and submit an affidavit and a copy of his/her identification to rectify their vote by mail. The deadline to rectify a vote by mail 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 Vote by Mail Ballot & Instructions (DS-DE 139)
Your voted and signed 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 VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COUNT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE POLLS OR AT EARLY VOTING SITES!