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Vote By Mail

 

TRACK YOUR BALLOT

i voted by mail sticker imageWe begin mailing out Vote By Mail ballots approximately 40 days before Election Day.

Vote By Mail is the most convenient way to vote. We even include I Voted By Mail stickers in every envelope, so you can let your friends know you voted! You'll receive your ballot in the mail, and can take your time making your voting decisions. For many years now, about a third of our voters have found Vote By Mail to be an easy, reliable method of voting. Here's why you can have confidence in Vote By Mail.

By law, we make special accommodations for military and overseas voters. You can find information about that here.  

REQUESTING YOUR BALLOT

Any registered voter can vote by mail, formerly known as absentee voting, Floridians no longer need an excuse to choose this option. Whether you plan to be in town or out of town on Election Day, we'll send your ballot wherever you need it to be. Just make sure to let us know if your mailing address changes. We keep the most recent mailing address on file for all of our correspondence with you. You can request Vote By Mail for a specific election or for all elections up through the next two General Elections. After two General Elections, you'll need to make the request again. The deadline to request that a Vote By Mail ballot be mailed to you is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election.

1. Online: Vote By Mail Ballot Request
2. By Phone: (813) 612-4180
3. By Fax: (813) 744-5843
4. In Person: at any of our Supervisor of Elections Offices
5. In Writing: voter@hcsoe.org or Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, FL 33619 

To Request Vote By Mail for yourself, you must provide:

  • Your name and home address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your mailing address, if different from home address (Ballots cannot be forwarded. Be sure to provide your current mailing address.)
  • Your signature, if you are requesting that the ballot be mailed to an address that is not already on file with our office

You are allowed to request a Vote By Mail ballot for yourself or for an immediate family member. Immediate family members include a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling or legal guardian.

To Request Vote By Mail for someone else, you must provide :

  • Voter's name and home address, date of birth, and mailing address
  • Requester's relationship to the voter
  • Requester's name and address
  • Requester's driver license number (if available)
  • Requester's signature (for written requests)

Your Vote By Mail ballot will include instructions on the proper way to mark and return your ballot. Read those instructions carefully. If you are filling out your Vote By Mail ballot and you make a mistake, let us know. Whether voting by mail or at the polling place, voters can receive up to two replacements ballots before their ballot has been cast. Once the ballot has been mailed to our office, dropped in a ballot box, or inserted into a ballot scanning machine, your ballot has been cast and no replacements can be issued.

RETURNING YOUR BALLOT

You must sign the return envelope and we must receive your Vote By Mail ballot no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day for your ballot to count. If you plan to mail your ballot back to us, you should allow at least a week for your ballot to reach our office. You can also drop your ballot off in person at any of our offices (during office hours, through 7 p.m. 11/3) or Early Voting locations (10/19 - 11/1, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.). If you change your mind after receiving your ballot and decide you want to vote in person instead, that's okay. We'll cancel your Vote By Mail ballot when you check in to vote.

Don't want to mail back your ballot? No problem! We set up secure, curbside ballot boxes for your convenience. No need to stand in line or even get out of your car.

Drop Off Locations & Hours

All Early Voting Locations - Open October 19 - November 1 
(Our 4 offices are in red):
Fred B Karl County Center (Curbside Tent / Voting Entrance  Morgan St.)
601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Robert L Gilder Elections Service Center
2514 N Falkenburg Rd, Tampa
Northwest Elections Office
4575 Gunn Hwy, Tampa
Southeast Elections Office
10020 S US Hwy 301, Riverview
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Apollo Beach Recreation Center
664 Golf and Sea Blvd, Apollo Beach
Austin Davis Public Library
17808 Wayne Rd, Odessa
Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
1906 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico
Bruton Memorial Library
302 W McLendon St, Plant City
C Blythe Andrews, Jr Public Library
2607 E Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa
Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library
3910 S Manhattan Ave, Tampa
Jimmie B Keel Regional Public Library
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa
Maureen B Gauzza Public Library
11211 Countryway Blvd, Tampa
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa
North Tampa Branch Library
8916 N Blvd, Tampa
Northdale Recreation Center
15550 Spring Pine Dr, Tampa
Port Tampa Community Center
4702 W McCoy St, Tampa
Providence West Community Center
5405 Providence Rd, Riverview
Raymond James Stadium (Curbside Tent / Voting Entrance – Himes Ave.)
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
Riverview Branch Library
10509 Riverview Dr, Riverview
SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin
Temple Terrace Public Library
202 Bullard Pkwy, Temple Terrace
Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
7606 Paula Dr, Tampa
University Area Community Center
14013 N 22nd St, Tampa
USF TECO Hall (David C Anchin Center)
4110 USF Apple Dr, Tampa
West Tampa Branch Library
2312 W Union St, Tampa

For a PDF Version of this list, click here.

 

YOUR SIGNATURE

When we receive your ballot, we check your signature against the signature we have on file. If your signature has changed, you can use an online voter registration application to bring your Florida Driver License or Florida ID signature into your voter record, or a paper voter registration application to update your signature. Your signature update must be received before your voted Vote By Mail ballot is received. 

If you returned your Vote By Mail ballot but forgot to sign the envelope, or if there is a discrepancy with your signature, you need to complete and return a signature cure affidavit (English/Español) so that it is in one of our offices no later than 5 p.m. on the second day following the election. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.

DESIGNATING SOMEONE TO PICK UP YOUR BALLOT

If you can't get to a voting location, you can designate someone to pick up a Vote By Mail ballot for you. The designation must be authorized in writing. The earliest a designee can pick up your ballot is 9 days before Election Day. A designee is limited to picking up Vote By Mail ballots for two other voters per election (not including their own ballot and the ballots for immediate family members). The designee must present valid ID and submit an affidavit (English PDFEspañol PDF) to pick-up the voter’s blank ballot. This affidavit is a combination form that includes the affidavit for ballot pick-up, the voter's written authorization for the designee and, if a request is not already on record, the voter’s request for a vote-by-mail ballot. 

On Election Day, you also have to complete this Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Affidavit to affirm that an emergency is keeping you from being able to vote in your assigned polling place.

CONTACT



Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Phone: (813) 744-5900 Toll Free: (888) 297-4362 Email: Voter@hcsoe.org

Fred B. Karl County Center

601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel: (813) 272-5850
Fax: (813) 272-7043

Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

2514 North Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Tel: (813) 744-5900
Fax: (813) 744-5843

Northwest Regional Office

4575 Gunn Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33624
 
 

Southeast Regional Office

10020 South U.S. Hwy. 301
Riverview, FL 33578

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Voter registration applications and other written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections are public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Email addresses are also public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, please do not email us. Instead, contact us by mail or phone, or visit us in person. To request public records, contact the communications department by emailing  voter@hcsoe.org or calling (813) 744-5900.