Mark Earley, Supervisor of Elections for Leon County has announced the initial mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots for the 2020 Primary Election.
“Over the course of the next week, my office is mailing out over 57,000 Vote-by-Mail ballots to Leon County voters,” said Supervisor Earley. “I encourage all voters to consider voting by mail as a way of practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Now is the time to request your Vote-by-Mail ballot. Even if you request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, you can still choose to vote in person. Think of your Vote-by-Mail ballot as voting insurance – it’s there if you need it.”
In the Primary Election, all voters have the opportunity to cast a ballot.
Voters registered with one of Florida’s political parties express their preference for the candidates they would like to represent their party in the November General Election.
In addition, all voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in nonpartisan races on the ballot and races in which candidates would face no opposition in the General Election.
Below are important Primary Election dates to remember:
- Voter registration and party change deadline - Monday, July 20th
- Early Voting - Monday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 16th
- Deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot be mailed - Saturday, August 8th
- Election Day - Tuesday, August 18th
Officials say voters who have already requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot can expect delivery of their ballot over the next few days.
Vote-by-Mail ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 7 pm on Election Day, August 18.
The United States Postal Service recommends that voters mail their ballots at least five days in advance of Election Day.
They can also be dropped off at any Early Voting site in an official Vote-by-Mail ballot drop box during the Early Voting period, or at the Elections Office.
Requests for a Vote-by-Mail ballot can be made online at www.LeonVotes.gov by clicking “Vote-by-Mail”, or by calling the Elections Office at (850) 606-8683, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.