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Important Message
Vote by Mail Request Deadline for the November 8th General Election

Remember that Wednesday, November 2, is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 8, 2016 General Election. Be sure to have your request for a Vote-by-Mail ballot in to our office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2 to meet this deadline.

Vote by Mail

Request & track vote by mail ballot

Miami-Dade County voters may choose to receive a vote by mail ballot for a specific election, or for all elections in which they are eligible to vote through the end of the second regularly scheduled general election.

Requesting & submitting a ballot

Any registered voter eligible to vote may request a vote by mail ballot online.

A vote by mail ballot can also be requested by email, fax, telephone or in writing at the following:

  • Email: votebymail@miamidade.gov
  • Fax: 305-499-8401
  • Telephone: 305-499-8444
    TTY Number: 305-499-8480
  • Mail:
    Supervisor of Elections
    Attn: Vote by Mail Ballot Section
    PO BOX 521250
    MIAMI, FL 33152

Notice: Vote by mail ballots mailed to an address other than the one on file in the Florida Voter Registration System require a written request signed by the voter..

Additionally, you may present in person at the Elections Department a picture identification with a signature, or authorize a designee to pick up the ballot on the day prior to Election Day.

The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is 5 p.m. on the sixth calendar day prior to the election.

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Voted by mail

Track the status of your vote-by-mail ballot.

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Missing Signature

Failure to include a signature may result in having your ballot not counted. Please remember to sign inside the red box on the back of the Certificate envelope; see flyer for an example of where you need to sign.

If you forget to sign your ballot, Florida law allows you the opportunity to submit an affidavit to cure the unsigned vote by mail ballot. The affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Elections Department, along with a copy of your identification, by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

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Signature does not match

A recent court decision now allows voters the opportunity to submit an affidavit to attempt to remedy their signature and allow their vote-by-mail ballot to be counted. The Signature Cure Affidavit along with a copy of your identification must be received by 5 p.m. on the day before the election to provide an alternative method for your signature to be verified.

It is important to always remember to keep your signature updated.  If you need to update your signature, please use the Florida Voter Registration Application to submit your update.  Please note that all signatures used in verifying vote-by-mail ballots must be received in our office no later than the start of canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots.  Contact our office at 305-499-8444 or by email at votebymail@miamidade.gov for the Canvassing Board schedule.

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Signature updates

State law requires you to sign the voter certificate on the outside of your vote by mail ballot envelope.

It is important that your signature on the voter certificate match the signature we have on record. Because it is common for signatures to change throughout the years, in order for your latest signature to be in our records, request a signature update online in order to update our files with your latest signature. 

Indicate a signature update above Line #1 found on the top of the application.

Signature updates must be completed no later than the start of the canvassing of vote by mail ballots, which occurs no earlier than the 15th day before Election Day.

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Request or return ballot by designee

Per Chapter 12, Section 14 of the Miami-Dade County Code, a vote by mail ballot may be requested and returned by a voter's designee for any election.

When requesting a ballot by designee, there is a limit of two ballots per election, only one of which may be for a voter who is not the spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the designee.

A vote by mail ballot may only be requested/returned on the day prior to and the day of the election if the person designated by the voter is an immediate family member and only on the day of the election if the designee is not an immediate family member.

To request/return a vote by mail ballot, the following options are available:

  1. The designee and voter complete an affidavit  (in Spanish ) (in Creole ). Picture identification of the designee must be presented along with the completed affidavit when requesting or returning the vote by mail ballot.
  2. The designee completes the affidavit and the voter provides a written request containing specific information found on the Vote by Mail Ballot Request and Return Policies. Picture identification, affidavit and voter's written request must be presented when requesting or returning the vote by mail ballot.
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Rules for registered Miami-Dade voters

If you are presently registered to vote in Miami-Dade County:

All vote by mail ballot requests must include the following:

  • Full name of voter
  • Date of birth
  • Residence address
  • Mailing address (if applicable)
  • Voter registration number (optional)
  • Date of the election or elections for which a vote by mail ballot is needed
  • Signature of Voter (written requests only)

Notice:  Vote by mail ballots mailed to an address other than the one on file in the Florida Voter Registration System require a written request signed by the voter.

Submit a written ballot request or Federal Post Card Application by:

  • Email: votebymail@miamidade.gov
  • Fax: 305-499-8401
  • Mail:
    Supervisor of Elections
    Attn: Vote by Mail Ballot Section
    PO BOX 521250
    MIAMI, FL 33152

Requests must be received by 5 p.m. on the sixth calendar day prior to the election. Please keep this mind as if the request is submitted late, there may not be sufficient time to return the ballot by deadline.

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Rules for overseas residents who are not registered Miami-Dade voters

  • If you or a family member presently maintains a residence in Miami-Dade County, your registration application or Federal Post Card Application must be received no later than 29 days prior to book closing for that particular election. You will then become an actual Miami-Dade County voter. (A vote by mail ballot request can be attached to your registration form or sent to our office separately to be received no later than six days prior to the election.)
  • If your last address was Miami-Dade County and you do not presently maintain a residence in Miami-Dade County, you are eligible to receive an Overseas Citizen's Ballot for Federal Elections if the request was made no later than 30 days before the election. If you met the deadline and the ballot does not get to you in time, you are eligible to use a Federal Write-In Ballot from your military installation, US Embassy or Consulate. If your request is received here less than 30 days before the election or you never made a request to our office, you are ineligible to use a Federal Write-In Ballot.
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Rules for non-registered Miami-Dade voters living elsewhere in the U.S.

You cannot use your "address of record" in order to become a registered voter if you or a family member does not presently maintain a residence in Miami-Dade County. According to the law, you must register to vote in the United States jurisdiction in which you now reside, not Miami-Dade County.

If you or a family member presently maintains a residence in Miami-Dade County, your registration application or Federal Post Card Application must be received no later than 29 days prior to book closing for that particular election. (A vote by mail ballot request can be attached to your registration form or sent to our office separately to be received no later than six days prior to the election.)

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Additional resources

All Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters can easily access answers and important information such as vote by mail voting regulations, laws, deadlines and procedures.

The UOCAVA allows the following U.S. citizens to vote by mail:

  • Members of the U.S. uniformed services (on active duty) and merchant marine.
  • Their family members.
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

If you qualify under any of the above mentioned categories, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to access additional election materials.

The website also provides election information, access to the online Federal Post Card Application and links to state government home pages and other sites with election information and results.

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Mail ballot elections

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Request vote by mail ballot information

Under Florida Statutes, vote by mail ballot information is confidential and exempt, with a limited exception to certain groups and committees.

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An inside look at the vote by mail voting process

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