Rules for registered Broward County voters
If you are currently registered to vote in Broward County, all Vote-By-Mail ballot requests must include the following:
- Full name of voter
- Date of birth
- Florida driver license number, Florida identification number or last four digits of your social security number
- Residence address
- Mailing address
- Voter registration number (optional)
- Date of the election or elections for which a vote-by-mail is needed
- Signature of voter (written requests only)
If you would like to make a change to your name, party affiliation, address, or signature on file, please send us your completed Federal Post Card Application.
The deadline to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot is 5 p.m. on the tenth day before the election.
Rules for overseas residents who are not registered Broward County voters
If you or a family member has a home in Broward 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 Broward 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 ten days prior to the election.)
If your last address was in Broward County and you do not currently have a home in Broward 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 Broward County 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 Broward County. According to the law, you must register to vote in the United States jurisdiction in which you now reside, not Broward County.
If you or a family member currently lives in Broward County, your registration application or Federal Post Card Application must be received no later than 29 days prior to book closing for that 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 ten days prior to the election.)
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.
Military voters may visit the Florida Department of State's website to find useful information regarding Florida laws, programs and benefits for active duty, National Guard and reserve service members and families.