ALACHUA COUNTY ‒ The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office has mailed just over 45,000 vote-by-mail ballots for the 2022 General Election to Alachua County voters. The ballots, which went out Oct. 4, were delayed due to Hurricane Ian. Overseas ballots were mailed on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Voters who requested a vote-by-mail ballot should expect to receive their ballot in the next week. Ballots will arrive in envelopes with pink markings. Any voter who has not received their vote-by-mail ballot by Monday, Oct. 17 should contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the 2022 General Election is 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Any registered voter can sign up to vote by mail. Vote-by-mail ballots can be requested online, in person, by phone, fax, mail or email. Until the deadline, vote-by-mail ballot requests will be processed as they are received.
The Supervisor of Elections Office must receive domestic vote-by-mail ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voters who vote by mail are encouraged to mail their completed ballot at least one week before Election Day to give the ballot ample time to arrive at the Supervisor of Elections Office before the deadline. Voters should also verify that their voter information and signature are up to date before they return their ballot if they have moved or their signature has changed.
When completing and mailing their vote-by-mail ballot, voters are encouraged to completely fill in the oval next to their choice on the ballot — and to not circle or mark an “X” over the oval. If a mistake is made on the ballot, call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252. Be sure to sign the vote-by-mail ballot certificate envelope. Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned in the official envelope provided. Return postage is prepaid.
Any voter who does not sign their vote-by-mail ballot or whose signature on the vote-by-mail ballot certificate does not match the signature in their voter record will be contacted by the Supervisor of Elections Office and provided the opportunity to correct their ballot. Per Florida Statutes, voters have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 to complete an affidavit to correct a vote-by-mail ballot that does not have a signature or has a signature that does not match the voter's signature on file.
Voters can deliver completed vote-by-mail ballots to the Supervisor of Elections Office, located in Gainesville at 515 N. Main Street during normal business hours — 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Voters can also use the secure ballot intake station located outside of the office’s main entrance.
The secure ballot intake station will be available at the Supervisor of Elections Office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 through Nov. 7 and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Secure ballot intake stations will be available at all seven early voting locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the early voting period, Oct. 24 – Nov. 5.
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