Everything You Need to Know About Vote By Mail


If you are like me and prefer to be thoroughly prepared for any and all elections, you will enjoy receiving a vote-by-mail ballot this upcoming election year. With a vote-by-mail ballot you can still vote even if you are unable or unwilling to go to the polls during early voting or on election day. Vote-by-mail ballots also give you, the voter, time to research all of the candidates to ensure that your voice will be heard.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, which covers all elections through the end of the calendar year, choose one of the following options:

  • Online application
  • In writing, submitted via mail, fax, or email to the Supervisor of Elections. The deadline to request your ballot by mail is 5 PM on the 6th day before the election.

Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections

PO BOX 562001 Orlando, FL 32856-2001

Fax: 407-254-6596

Email: voter@ocfelections.com

  • In person, at the Supervisor of Elections office. 119 West Kaley Street Orlando, FL 32806

  • By telephone, call the Supervisor of Elections. 407-836-2070

A few simple pieces of information are required when making a request for a vote-by-mail ballot for yourself:

  • Name

  • Current Orange County residential address

  • Date of Birth

  • Signature (applicable to written requests)

When an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for you (designee can pick up a maximum 2 per person, not including their own):

  • All of the information bulleted above, and

  • The residential address of the person requesting

  • Their driver’s license number

  • Their relationship to you (the voter)

  • Their signature (applicable to written requests)

  • Designee must fill out an affidavit when picking up a vote-by-mail ballot (English) (Spanish)

There are several important points I need to mention about vote-by-mail:

  • Ballots are not forwardable, you must vote according to where you currently live.

  • If you're a member of the Military or Overseas, there's a first and second step process. 

  • If you have already requested a vote-by-mail ballot and you can check the status.

  • You may request your ballot in Spanish 

  • Here are the links if you need to correct an issue on your vote-by-mail ballot:

  • Vote-by-mail ballots generally arrive 35 to 28 days before an election for local voters, and no later than 45 days before an election for Military and Overseas voters

Anyone registered in Orange County is eligible to receive a vote-by-mail ballot, so request yours early and be prepared to enjoy that early voting peaceful easy feeling on Election Day. If you still have questions about the process, go to http://www.ocfelections.com/votebymail.aspx for more information.

Happy Early Voting,

Katherine Andrews