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Why Wait? Vote Absentee!

Any registered voter eligible to vote in an election may request an absentee ballot by submitting their  request on-line.  An absentee ballot can also be requested  by email, fax, telephone, or in writing.  Additionally, you may present a picture identification with a signature in person or by authorizing a designee to pick-up the ballot on the day prior to Election Day. Requests will be accepted for an election no later than 5 pm on the 6th calendar day prior to the election.

So why wait?  Vote at your convenience. Request an absentee ballot today and vote from the comfort of your own home.

If you forgot to sign your Absentee Ballot

Failure to include a signature means your ballot may not be counted.  If you forget to sign your ballot, Florida law allows you the opportunity to submit an affidavit to cure the unsigned absentee ballot.  The affidavit must be completed and submitted along with a copy of your identification by 5p.m. on the day before the election.  Obtain a copy of the No Signature Affidavit and instructions on our Absentee Forms & Documents page.

Important Information About Signature Updates

State law requires you to sign the voter certificate on the outside of your absentee ballot envelope.  It is important that your signature on the voter certificate match the signature we have on record.  Since it is common for signatures to change throughout the years, in order for your latest signature to be in our records, please submit a  voter registration application in order to update our files with your latest signature.  You can indicate a signature update on Line #1 found on the top of the application.  Signature updates must be completed no later than the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots, which occurs no earlier than the 15th day before Election Day. 

Absentee Ballot Requested/Returned by Designee

Per Chapter 12, Section 12-14 of the Miami Dade County Code, an absentee 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.

An absentee 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 an absentee ballot the following options are available:

  1. The designee and voter complete an affidavit, available on the link below.  Picture identification of the designee must be presented along with the completed affidavit when requesting or returning the absentee ballot.
  2. The designee completes the affidavit and the voter provides a written request containing specific information found on our Absentee Ballot Request/Return Policies, available on the link below.  Picture identification, affidavit and voter's written request must be presented when requesting or returning the absentee ballot.

Absentee Ballot Request Policy 
Absentee Ballot Return Policy 
Affidavit to Retrieve/Return AB 
Penalties for violations of the Code (Section 12-14)

Overseas/Military Voters

All Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters can easily access answers and important information such as absentee voting regulations, laws, deadlines, and procedures.  The UOCAVA allows the following U.S. Citizens to vote absentee:

  • Members of the U.S. Uniformed Services (on active duty) and merchant marine,
  • Their family members, and
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.

If you qualify under any of the above mentioned categories, please visit This website provides an overview of the Florida Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) as well as electronic access to many other election materials.  In addition, the site 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.

If you cannot view PDF Get Acrobat! files, you can download Acrobat Reader  for free from Adobe Systems, Inc. In order to use PDF files, you must have Acrobat installed on your computer.

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Absentee Voting in Miami-Dade County
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P.O. Box 521250
Miami, Florida 33152


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