Florida Reports Nearly 3,600 New COVID-19 Cases, 62 Deaths
As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, people are looking for alternate ways to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.
With almost 3 million registered voters in Tampa Bay, many are turning to vote-by-mail to avoid long lines and possible spread at polling locations.
Florida has had “no excuse vote-by-mail” ballots since 2002, so voters don’t need to provide a reason when registering to vote by mail.
“It is a safe, convenient way to vote, so people should feel confident about it,” said Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections.
“And it’s a great alternative during this time so that people don’t have to come out and possibly expose themselves to this virus.”
The deadlines to register for vote-by-mail are:
Ballots cannot be forwarded, so make sure to include a current mailing address during registration.
The signature on mail-in ballot envelopes must match the one on file with the county and all ballots must be received– not postmarked– by 7pm on Election Day.
On Election Day, mail-in ballots can only be dropped off at election offices, and, if anyone changes their mind, mail-in ballots can be canceled when checking in to vote in person.
Here’s what you need to know to make sure your mail-in ballot is counted in your county.