Vote-By-Mail Information for Hernando County
Brought to you by;
Shirley Anderson, Supervisor of Elections, Hernando County
OFFICE: 20 North Main Street, Room 165, Brooksville, FL 34601
PHONE: (352) 754-4125 • FAX: (352) 754-4425
HOURS: Monday-Friday: 8am – 5pm
What is a Vote-By-Mail ballot?
A Vote-By-Mail ballot is a ballot for an election that is voted early by the voter. The Vote-By-Mail ballot is mailed to the voter and must be delivered to the Supervisor of Elections office by 7pm on Election Night.
If you do not believe that your ballot will be returned on time via USPS you may bring your ballot to turn in at the Forest Oaks Supervisor of Elections Office (7443 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, 34606) or the Brooksville Office (20 N. Main St. Rm. 165. Brooksville, 34601).
Who can vote a ballot by mail?
Any registered voter in Hernando County may request a Vote-By-Mail ballot from the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections.
How do I request a Vote-By-Mail ballot?
You must contact the Supervisor of Elections office to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot. You may contact the Elections office:
Request a Ballot Online: By selecting the Request a Vote-By-Mail link at the top of this page.
Mail: 20 N. Main St., Rm. 165, Brooksville, Fl 34601
Only the voter or an immediate family member of the voter may request a Vote-By-Mail ballot.
Immediate family members include: Spouse, Parent, Grandparent, Child, Sibling, Legal guardian
To request a Vote-By-Mail ballot, the voter must provide the following information:
Voter’s Hernando County residential address
Voter’s date of birth Voter’s signature (written requests only)
The address that the ballot will be mailed to if different from the residential address (Note: The post office will not forward Vote-By-Mail ballots)
If an immediate family member is making the request for the voter, the following information must be provided in addition to the above:
Address of the family member making the request
Relationship of the family member making the request
Drivers license number of the family member making the request (if available)
Signature of the family member making the request (written requests only)
Can someone pick up my Vote-By-Mail ballot for me?
You may also designate IN WRITING someone to pick up a Vote-By-Mail ballot for you at the Supervisor of Elections office.
The designee will be required to:
Complete the form: Affidavit to Pick up a Vote-By-Mail Ballot for Voter
A designee may only pick up two ballots per election unless he/she is an immediate family member of the voter.
Ballots obtained by designee MAY ONLY be obtained on Election Day or up to five days prior to the Election.
When will I receive my Vote-By-Mail ballot?
Mailing of Vote-By-Mail ballots begins approximately 30 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested a Vote-By-Mail ballot.
How do I vote my Vote-By-Mail ballot?
- The voter must personally vote his/her ballot, unless assistance is required due to blindness, disability or inability to read or write
Completely blacken the oval(s) corresponding to the candidate(s) and/or referendum(s) of your choice
Place your completed ballot in the secrecy sleeve
Place both ballot and secrecy sleeve in the return envelope that came with your ballot
Complete the voter’s certificate on the return envelope
Return your Vote-By-Mail ballot by mail or in person to the Supervisor of Elections office
Note: Your Vote-By-Mail ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Does my signature have to be witnessed?
As of July 1, 2004 the signature witness for Vote-By-Mail ballots is NO LONGER required. How do I return my Vote-By-Mail ballot? Vote-By-Mail ballots may be returned to the Supervisor of Elections office in person or by mail. However you choose to return your ballot, it must be received in the Brooksville Elections office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. FS 101.6103
Note: A voted Vote-By-Mail ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place for return to the Elections office. There are no exceptions to this law. F.S. 101.69
Correcting a Missing Signature
Effective January 1, 2014, if you returned your vote by mail ballot to your supervisor of elections, but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Omitted Signature Affidavit for Vote-by-Mail Ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.
Curing a Signature Mismatch
Effective October 17, 2016, if you returned your vote-by-mail ballot to your Supervisor of Elections, but the signature on the Voter’s Certificate did not match the signature on the Supervisor of Elections’ file, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return the Signature Cure Affidavit for Vote-By-Mail Ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.
Military personnel may apply for voter registration or request vote-by-mail ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the Unit Voting Officer or is available on-line.
If already a registered voter, vote-by-mail ballots may be requested by email, phone, or in writing. All requests must be sent to the Supervisor of Elections’ office. Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of vote-by-mail voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.
Federal portions of general election and presidential preference primary ballots voted by persons outside the U.S. are counted if postmarked no later than Election Day and received within 10 days of the election. Additional military election information is available from:
FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Department of Defense
Washington Headquarters Services
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1155
§ For Election Materials (Including FPCA/FWAB printable forms) go to: http://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms
§ For Election Official Information (Guides for Processing Voting Materials / Sending Ballots / Election Official Online Training) go to: http://www.fvap.gov/eo
§ For the electronic Voting Assistance Guide go to: http://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag
For FVAP.gov homepage go to: http://www.fvap.gov/
Military and Overseas Voters
The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and conforming state legislation cover active duty members of the US armed forces, the merchant marine, spouses and dependents of all, and US citizens residing overseas. They may apply for voter registration and for Vote by Mail ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from a Voting Assistance Officer (VAO) or at www.fvap.gov, the web site of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Vote by Mail requests from these voters will be effective for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.
UOCAVA voters may also use the Florida registration form, notate their military status on it, and the same privileges would apply to them. Military voters residing within the county in which they wish to register should use the Florida Voter Registration Application and indicate their military status, so the supervisor may insure their UOCAVA status when they move out of the county but wish to maintain voting residency.
Overseas voters (those with an APO, FPO or foreign address only, not Hawaii, American Samoa, etc.) may have Vote by Mail ballots faxed or emailed, if there is a problem with mail.
Ballots can be returned by fax, but not by email, and voter then waives secrecy. However, access to faxed ballots in the elections office is extremely restricted and ballots are immediately placed in secrecy envelopes without handling. Only the Voter’s Certificate, which must be signed and dated, is examined.
For those overseas voters who provide an email address, we will advise them of the races by email when that is available at least 30 days before an election. We encourage all UOCAVA voters to include their email addresses on any forms or correspondence, and to update them along with mailing addresses whenever they move.
The most important thing to remember is to notify the elections office of address changes so you don’t jeopardize your active voter registration status, and email is the best way. Additional information for UOCAVA voters is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program, toll-free 1-800-438-8683, fax 1-800-368-8683, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.