A Vote-by-Mail ballot (formerly known as an absentee ballot) enables a voter to vote from the comfort of their home. Voting has never been easier!
Any registered voter may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, no excuse is required.
- Vote by Mail requests do expire, all requests currently on file for Vote-by-Mail ballots are valid through the end of 2022.
- Vote-by-Mail ballot requests made after the November 2022 election will cover all elections througn the end of the calendar year of the next scheduled general election.
- Vote-by-Mail requests must be renewed every two years.
NOTE: No person may distribute, order, request, collect, deliver or possess more than two Vote-by-Mail ballots, in addition to their own ballot or ballots belonging to an immediate family member (spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of the person or person’s spouse.)
Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
The voter or authorized person must make a request in one of the following ways:
- Online by completing a Mail Ballot Request Form
- By telephone at 352-343-9734
- In person at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office, located at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares, FL 32778
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 352-343-3605
- Mail: Lake County Supervisor of Elections, P.O. Box 457, Tavares, FL 32778
For those making the request on behalf of themselves, the following information is required:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested
- The voter's address
- The voter's date of birth
- Florida driver's license number or Florida ID card number or the last four digits of the voter's social security number
- The voter's signature (if the request is written)
A designee requesting a Vote-by-Mail ballot on behalf of another must disclose:
- The voter’s name
- The voter's address
- The voter's date of birth
- The voter's Florida driver’s license number, or Florida ID card number, or the last four digits of theirsocial security number, whichever may be verified in the voter’s record.
Additionally the designee must disclose:
- Their name and address
- Their relationship to the voter
- Their driver’s license number, or ID card number, or the last four digits of their social security number, if available.
- If the request is in writing (paper, fax, or email), the request must be signed by the requestor.
The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is no later than 5:00 p.m. on the tenth day before the election. However, the ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day..
Correcting a Missing or Mismatched Signature on a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
If a voter forgets to sign the return envelope or provides a signature on his/her return envelope that does not match signature examples on file with the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office, he or she may correct the discrepancy by completing and returning a Vote-By-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit (DS-DE 139 - English PDF / Español PDF ). The deadline to submit the Affidavit is no later than 5:00 p.m. the 2nd day after the election. Failure to follow the Affidavit instructions carefully may cause his or her ballot not to count.
Tracking a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request & Returned Ballot
Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track the status of his or her ballot online through the Voter Information Lookup Tool.
Returning a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Once you've compled your ballot you may return it by one of the following methods:
- To our office during office hours.
- At a secure drop box at any Early Voting location during Early Voting hours.
- At any U.S. Post Office mailbox.
For a listing of Early Voting dates, times, and locations click here.
Federal Voting Assistance Program (Uniformed Military and Overseas Citizens)
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world.
The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA, as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires states to transmit requested Vote-by-Mail ballots to UOCAVA voters no later than 45 days before a federal election. Those citizens protected by UOCAVA include:
- Members of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps)
- Members of the Merchant Marines
- Eligible family members of the above
- U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.
FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice and election officials from 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
For more information about the FVAP program, download the necessary Election Material Forms, or view their online Voting Assistance Guide.