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Division of Elections Announces Vote-by-Mail Ballot Deadlines for Primary Election

Tallahassee –

The Florida Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail (formerly referred to as absentee*) ballot mailing deadlines for Florida’s upcoming Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016: 

  • For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for Supervisors of Elections to send ballots is Saturday, July 16, 2016.
  • For all non-UOCAVA voters, the window for Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots is from July 26 to August 2, 2016.

Voters who would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot should contact their county Supervisor of Elections office. A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received by the Supervisor of Elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The last day for Supervisors of Elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested for the Primary Election received after the initial deadlines listed above is August 26, 2016. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the office of their Supervisor of Elections up to the day before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election.

The Division of Elections is providing daily vote-by-mail ballot statistics based on county reports last filed by the supervisor of elections for that county. To access these statistics, click here. For additional information on 2016 elections dates, vote-by-mail ballots, or how to contact Supervisors of Elections, please visit


About the Division of Elections
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections supports the Secretary of State, Florida’s chief election officer, in ensuring that Florida has fair and accurate elections. The Division’s three bureaus; the Bureau of Election Records, Bureau of Voter Registration Services, and Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, have several responsibilities in the areas of legal compliance and elections administration to ensure that Florida’s election laws are uniformly interpreted and implemented.  The Division also assists local Supervisors of Elections in their duties, and promotes enhanced public awareness and participation in the electoral process. For more information about Florida’s elections, visit

*Pursuant to Chapter 2016-37, Laws of Florida, beginning July 1, 2016 the term “Absentee Ballot” has changed to “Vote-by-Mail Ballot” in the State of Florida.