Vote By Mail (VBM) protects your right to vote in the privacy and comfort of your home. VBM is voting insurance. You are still able to vote early or on Election Day, if you wish. 2020 Florida election dates are -
Primary: August 18 General Election: November 3
The ballot is mailed to you about four weeks before each election. Just fill in the circles for your preferred candidates, fold the ballot, insert in the official envelope and seal. On the outside of the envelope, print your name, sign/date and place a stamp on it. Mail it back right away (no later than one week before Election Day). You may also deposit the VBM ballot (in its signed, dated and sealed envelope) at any Early Voting location during early voting days or at the Supervisor of Elections office 24/7 until 7:00 pm on Election Day.
If you move or plan to be away when ballots are mailed, phone your new mailing address to the Supervisor of Elections: 941-741-3823. They will mail your ballot to your new address, even out of state or out of country.
You can check online to verify your mail ballot has been received. As soon as it arrives at the Supervisor of Elections it is recorded. On Election Day when the polls close, mail and early ballots are the first results to be displayed.
Even though you sign up for VBM, you can still vote in person, early or on Election Day. Simply take you ID and VBM ballot to the polling place and surrender it to the officials. If the mail ballot is misplaced, no worries. You can still vote in person with your ID.
In 2018, almost 70,000 Manatee voters voted by mail. Problems are rare, but if there is one, the Supervisor of Elections will contact you and give you a chance to correct it. (Examples: missing signature, signature that does not even remotely match the one on file).
Voting turnout for Manatee Dems in 2018 was 85% for those who received VBM ballots (compared to 57% overall Democratic turnout).
Address: 600 301 Blvd., Suite 108, Bradenton, FL 34205, 941-741-3823, www.votemanatee.com. Hours M-F 8:30-5:00 pm.
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