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League of Women Voters of Florida suggest best practices for mail-in voting

Voting experts say submit mail-in ballot by Oct. 13
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Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 17:16:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — During the August primary nearly 60 percent of Florida voters cast in mail-in ballots.

With just over a month until the November general election 5.1 million Floridians have requested to vote by mail.

Following all instructions is critical to making sure your vote counts, including signing your ballot.

Voters can return their ballot to their county elections office or at a designated dropbox. For voters living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities start making your plan now.

“You need to make arrangements with your supervisor and the nursing care facility or retirement facility,” said Patricia Brigham from the League of Women Voters of Florida. “The other thing is it’s fine to pick up someone’s ballot from those facilities and volunteer to take them to the supervisor's office. But you must not do it for money. That is against the law.”

Although voters have until election day to turn in their ballot it’s best to get it in early.

“We recommend if you decide to vote by mail that you don’t wait any longer than Oct. 13 or at the very least two weeks prior to the election,” said Brigham. “We do know that the postal service has had some slowdowns.”

Once the ballot is mailed, voters can go to their supervisor of elections office website and track the ballot. I

f it’s been more than a week and the website doesn’t show the ballot as received, then it’s time to pick up the phone and call.