Obtaining Vote by Mail

Vote by mail ballots are mailed approximately 45 days prior to each election to those who have requested a Vote by Mail ballot. Vote by Mail ballots cannot be forwarded so it is important that the elections office is provided with a correct mailing address by the voter. The Wednesday prior to election day is the last day to request that a Vote by mail ballot be mailed.

A qualified Vote by Mail voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an Vote by Mail ballot for the voter. Carry out ballots are available to a designee on election day or up to five days prior to the day of the election. The designee may only pick up two (2) Vote by Mail 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, the written authorization from the voter and complete an affidavit.

To have a Vote by Mail ballot mailed to you call 850-653-9520 or email us [email protected]


The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write). The voter must sign the return envelope certificate for the absentee to be valid. Vote by Mail ballots no longer require a witness. 


Voted Vote By Mail ballots must be received in the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. Mail your ballot in plenty of time to be received in the Elections Office by Election Day.

 A voted ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place. 

If a voter requests and receives a Vote by Mail ballot and later decides to VOTE AT THE POLLS, they must take the Vote by Mail ballot with them to be canceled at the polling place.




As of July 2010, any voter who has requested an vote by mail ballot can track online the status of his or her Vote by Mail ballot. You can either link through the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup at www.elections.myflorida.com or through your Supervisor of Elections' website.



If you returned your Vote by Mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Omitted Signature Affidavit for Vote by Mail Ballot (DS-DE 139, eff 1/2014) 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.