Frequently Asked Questions

How can I request to Vote by Mail?

To request a Vote By Mail ballot, call 850-784-6100 or submit your request online here.

 

Can I request a Vote by Mail ballot for a family member? 

Yes. You may request a mail ballot for a family member. Call the Supervisor of Elections at (850) 784-6100. Provide your name, address, and date of birth. 

 

Is my Vote by Mail request permanent? 

No, mail ballot requests can be made for all elections through the calendar year of the second regularly scheduled general election. After that, you will need to renew your request. Remember to notify the Elections office if you have any updates to your registration information to ensure you receive your ballot as requested. 

 

Will my Vote by Mail ballot be forwarded if I have moved? 

No. BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE - Be sure to provide your current mailing address to ensure delivery.

 

Is there a deadline to request to Vote by Mail? 

Yes. A ballot must be requested no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day prior to an election in order for the Elections office to mail it to you. After that, you may still pick up a mail ballot through the day before the election. By state law, mail ballots cannot be issued on Election  Day except in the case of an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place. The voter or voter's designee must submit an affidavit regarding the emergency. (Effective July 1, 2019)

 

Can someone else pick up my Vote by Mail ballot for me? 

Yes. You may designate in writing a person to pick up a mail ballot for you beginning nine days before an election. Your designee will need a photo ID and a signed note from you, as well as a completed affidavit in order to pick up the ballot. NOTE:  Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two mail ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in F.S. 101.6105-101.694, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in F.S. 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084. 

 

When do I have to return my Vote by Mail envelope?

In order for you mail ballot to be counted, it must be received by the Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7pm Election Night. ***PLEASE NOTE: Postal delivery service has changed.  Voters are advised to allow at least TWO WEEKS for their ballot to be returned by mail to the Supervisor of Elections office. 

 

Can I drop my completed Vote by Mail envelope off at a secure Vote By Mail Drop Box? 

Yes. There is a secure drop box located inside of all open Super Voting Sites or available 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Only for security purposes) at the Supervisor of Elections office at 830 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401.

 

Do I have to sign the Vote by Mail envelope?

Yes. State law requires that a mail ballot certificate envelope be signed by the voter in order to be counted, unless other provisions are made pursuant to F.S. 101.68(4).

 

Is my signature on my Vote by Mail envelope going to be checked? 

Yes. Your signature on the envelope will be compared with the signature on your voter file to verify your identity. If you need to update your signature on file, please complete and submit a Voter Registration Application to our office, checking the "Record Update/Change" box in the top line. 

 

Does my Vote By Mail ballot count?

Yes, Florida statutes allow mail ballots to be opened and processed beginning 22 days before the election. Mail ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day in any Elections Office, after which mail ballot results are added to election totals. 

 

Can I track the progress of my Vote By Mail ballot?

Yes. You can track your ballot here or call the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-784-6100.

 

Can I drop my completed Vote by Mail envelope off at a Super Voting Site on Election Day?

No. On Election Day, the only location you can drop off your completed Vote by Mail envelope is the Supervisor of Elections office at 830 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401. Must be placed in the drop box by 7:00 p.m.

 

Mark Andersen,
Supervisor of Elections
Bay County
830 W. 11th St.
Panama City, FL


Phone:

850.784.6100

Fax:

850.784.6141

Email:

webrequest@bayvotes.org

Hours:

M-F; 8am-5pm