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Vote-by-Mail Ballots

Miami-Dade County voters may choose to receive a vote by mail ballot for a specific election, or for all elections in which they are eligible to vote through the end of the second regularly scheduled general election.

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Guidelines

If you are presently registered to vote in Miami-Dade County you may request a vote-by-mail ballot online. You may also request a ballot by email, fax, phone or mail. If you would like your vote-by-mail ballot sent to an address other than the one on file in the Florida Voter Registration, you must send a signed written request which contains the following information:

  • Full name of voter.
  • Date of Birth.
  • Residence address.
  • Mailing address (if applicable).
  • Voter registration number (optional).
  • Date of the election or elections for which a vote-by-mail ballot is needed.
  • Signature of Voter (written requests only).

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request form (English & Español)
Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request form (English & Kreyòl)

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election.

After you've voted on a vote-by-mail ballot, you can track the status of your ballot online.

  • Missing Signature

    Please remember to sign inside the red box on the back of the vote-by-mail envelope. See our vote-by-mail flyer for an example of where you need to sign. Failure to include a signature may result in having you ballot may not be counted.

    If you forgot to sign the envelope, Florida law allows you the opportunity to submit an affidavit to cure the unsigned vote-by-mail ballot. The affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Elections Department along with a copy of your identification, by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.


    If the signature does not match

    Florida law allows voters the opportunity to submit an affidavit to attempt to remedy their signature and allow their vote-by-mail ballot to be counted. The affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Elections Department along with a copy of your identification, by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

    Florida law requires you to sign the voter certificate on the outside of your vote-by-mail ballot envelope. It is important that the signature on the voter certificate matches your signature we have on file. Because it's common for signatures to change over the years, please make sure your latest signature is in our records. To update your signature, you may submit your request online or you may use the Voter Registration Application (Español) (Kreyòl) to submit your update. Updates submitted on a Voter Registration Application must contain the voter's original signature.

    Signature updates must be completed no later than the start of canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, which occurs no earlier than the 15th day before Election Day.

  • Request or Return Ballot by Designee

    Per Chapter 12, Section 14 of the Miami-Dade County Code, you can have a person request and return a vote-by-mail ballot for you. That person is your designee.

    When requesting a vote-by-mail ballot by designee, there is a limit of two ballots per election. Only one of those ballots can be for a voter who is not the spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling of the designee.

    If the person designated by the voter is an immediate family member, the vote-by-mail ballot can be requested and returned on the day before and on the day of the election. If the designee is not an immediate family member, the ballot can only be requested and returned on the day of the election.

    To request and return a vote-by-mail ballot, the following options are available:

    1. The designee and voter complete the form (Español) (Kreyòl). Picture identification of the designee must be presented along with the completed form when requesting or returning the vote-by-mail ballot.
    2. The designee completes the form and the voter provides a written request containing specific information found on the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request Policy (Español) (Kreyòl) and the Vote-by-Mail Return Policy (Español) (Kreyòl). The picture ID, the form, and the voter's written request must be presented when requesting or returning the vote-by-mail ballot.
  • Overseas & Military Voters

    Rules for registered Miami-Dade voters

    If you are currently registered to vote in Miami-Dade County, all vote-by-mail ballot requests must include the following:

    • Full name of voter
    • Date of birth
    • Home address
    • Date of the election or elections for which a vote-by-mail ballot is needed
    • Signature of Voter (written requests only)

    If you want your vote-by-mail ballot sent to an address that's different from the one we have on file, you need to send us a signed written request or send us your completed Federal Post Card Application.

    The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election.


    Rules for overseas residents who are not registered Miami-Dade voters

    • If you or a family member has a home in Miami-Dade County, your registration application or Federal Post Card Application must be received no later than 29 days prior to book closing for that particular election. You will then become an actual Miami-Dade County voter. (A vote-by-mail ballot request can be attached to your registration form or sent to our office separately to be received no later than six days prior to the election.)
    • If your last address was in Miami-Dade County and you do not currently have a home in Miami-Dade County, you are eligible to receive an Overseas Citizen's Ballot for Federal Elections if the request was made no later than 30 days before the election. If you met the deadline and the ballot does not get to you in time, you can use a Federal Write-In Ballot from your military installation, US Embassy or Consulate. If your request gets here less than 30 days before the election, or you never made a request to our office, you cannot use a Federal Write-In Ballot.


    Rules for non-registered Miami-Dade voters living elsewhere in the U.S.

    You cannot use your "address of record" in order to become a registered voter if you or a family member does not currently live in Miami-Dade County. According to the law, you must register to vote in the United States jurisdiction in which you now reside, not Miami-Dade County.

    If you or a family member currently lives in Miami-Dade County, your registration application or Federal Post Card Application must be received no later than 29 days prior to book closing for that particular election. (A vote by mail ballot request can be attached to your registration form or sent to our office separately to be received no later than six days prior to the election.)


    Additional resources

    All Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters can easily get answers and important information such as vote-by-mail voting regulations, laws, deadlines and procedures.

    The UOCAVA allows the following U.S. citizens to vote by mail:

    • Members of the U.S. uniformed services (on active duty) and merchant marines
    • Their family members
    • U.S. citizens residing outside the United States

    Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for 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.

  • Additional Forms

    Mail ballot elections


    Request vote-by-mail ballot information

    Under Florida Statutes, vote-by-mail ballot information is confidential and exempt, with a limited exception to certain groups and committees.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Vote-by-Mail Ballots

    A registered voter may vote by vote-by-mail ballot (also known as "mail ballot") if that voter requests to vote that way. Citation - Miami-Dade Code of Ordinances - Chapter 12, Section 14

Phone Number(s)

Email / Mail

Locations and Hours

  • Elections Department

    2700 NW 87 Avenue, Doral, FL 33172
    305-499-8444
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    *Excluding County holidays

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