REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE
Click on the following link to the Online Absentee/Vote by Mail Request Form.
WHO CAN VOTE BY ABSENTEE? (F.S.101.62)
If you are a registered voter of Bay County, you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. If you have changed residence to another state and are ineligible to vote there, you can vote for President and Vice President (F.S. 101.663).
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST INFORMATION
An absentee ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections through two (2) regularly scheduled general elections.
The request can be made in person, by telephone, or on this website.
Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. (Immediate family means the voter's spouse, the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter's spouse, or legal guardian.)
A request from the voter must include the following information:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested.
- The voter's address (residence and mailing).
- The voter's date of birth.
- The voter's Drivers License (if available).
- The voter's signature (written request only).
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request his/her absentee ballot, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
- The requester's name.
- The requester's address.
- The requester's Drivers License (if available).
- The requester's relationship to the voter.
- The requester's signature (written requests only).
You must read and follow all instructions included with the absentee ballot.
PICKING UP AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
A qualified voter may also designate in writing another person to pick up his or her ballot.
Designees may pick up ballots on election day, or up to five days prior to the day of the election.
Designees may only pick up two (2) absentee ballots per election, other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family.
The designee must provide picture identification approved by the Department of State, the written authorization from the voter, and complete an Affidavit of Designee To Obtain Absentee.
VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S. 101.661 & 101.64)
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required). The voter must sign the return envelope.
RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S. 101.67)
Voted absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office in person or by mail and must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day for the ballot to be counted.
A VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE!
HOW CAN I TRACK MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
You can now track your absentee ballot online by checking your Voter Information.
HOW TO CORRECT A MISSING SIGNATURE ON YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S. 101.68(4))
If you returned your absentee ballot but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the VBM Cure Affidavit no later than 5 pm on the day before the election.
Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count. You may submit the affidavit along with proper documentation.