VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT VOTERS, PLEASE BE AWARE
Requests for vote-by-mail ballots expire at the end of every even-numbered year. In other words, requests expire at the end of the year after every federal general election. Once any general election has passed, you must request vote-by-mail ballots again to have vote-by-mail ballots sent to you for future elections.
DEADLINES AND THINGS TO CONSIDER
DEADLINE TO CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION: The deadline to change party affiliation before a primary election is 29 days before the primary election.
DEADLINE TO UPDATE A SIGNATURE: A signature update must be received by the appropriate supervisor before the elector’s ballot is received by the supervisor or, in the case of provisional ballots, before the elector’s ballot is cast. The signature on file at the time the vote-by-mail ballot is received or at the time the provisional ballot is cast is the signature that shall be used in verifying the signature on the vote-by-mail and provisional ballot certificates, respectively.
PLEASE CONSIDER that if you need to update your information plus request vote-by-mail ballots, the most beneficial way to do both is by completing and returning a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the Supervisor of Elections (option 1 below) since by completing an FPCA, you will also update your signature.
UPDATING YOUR SIGNATURE IS ESSENTIAL FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTERS. Updating your signature on your voter registration record periodically (or when your signature changes) is important since your voted ballot will be counted based on whether the signature returned with your voted ballot matches the signature on your voter registration record. You may update your signature (and any other information) by using option 1 below.
WAYS TO SUBMIT AN INFORMATION UPDATE
There are several ways to update your Florida voter registration record:
(1) BY COMPLETING AN APPLICATION and submitting it to the Supervisor of Elections. See option 1 details below.
(2) BY SUBMITTING AN UPDATE ONLINE. If you need to change your name or update your signature, and if the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) does NOT have your current name and signature, then you must submit your name change or signature update by completing an application (option 1). To submit an update online, see option 2 details below.
(3) BY SUBMITTING AN UPDATE FOR ONLY AN ADDRESS BY PHONE.See option 3 details below.
(4) BY SUBMITTING AN UPDATE FOR ONLY AN ADDRESS BY SIGNED, WRITTEN NOTE. Make sure your note contains all the required items shown in option 4 below.
(5) BY VISITING THE DOWNTOWN SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE. See option 5 details below.
WAYS TO SUBMIT AN INFORMATION UPDATE (OPTIONS IN DETAIL)
TO UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION ON YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION RECORD, please choose option (1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) below.
UPDATING INFORMATION BY COMPLETING AN APPLICATION
Choose and print (or request or pick up) your application. Choose either:
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA): Use this application IF (1) you are a member of the uniformed services living outside Duval County; a member of the Merchant Marine living outside Duval County; a spouse or dependent of such member and living outside Duval County; an overseas voter AND (2) you would like to update your information AND (3) you would like to request vote-by-mail ballots. Questions frequently asked when completing the form are addressed at Frequently Asked Questions and Quick Links. As long as you are already registered to vote in Florida, you may submit your completed FPCA by email (as an attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to (904) 301-3867; or by mail to UOCAVA TEAM, SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE, 105 E. MONROE ST., JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202.
Florida Voter Registration Application (FVRA): Use this application if you would like to update your information. NOTE: This form will NOT serve as a ballot request. If you would like to vote by mail, you will need to request vote-by-mail ballots after you submit your update. To submit your completed FVRA: if you are an active-duty member of the uniformed services or Merchant Marine or spouse or dependent of such member or an overseas voter AND you would like to update your information, you may submit your completed FVRA by mail, hand delivery, or delivery to UOCAVA TEAM, SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE, 105 E. MONROE ST., JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202. (If I am a civilian living within the United States, how can I update my information?)
UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE
A person already registered to vote in Florida may update voter registration information online. To update voter registration information online, a person will need to provide BOTH a Florida Driver License number or Florida Identification Card number AND the last four digits of the person’s Social Security number. SIGNATURE UPDATES: If you would like to update your signature, and if the signature that you have on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is not your current signature, then use option 1 above.
NAME CHANGES: If you need to change your name on your voter registration record, AND IF the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) does NOT have your current name and signature, then you must submit your name change by way of option 1 above.
PLEASE BE AWARE:
IF YOU UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE, you are NOT automatically scheduled to have vote-by-mail ballots sent to you. If you would like vote-by-mail ballots sent to you, then you must request them after you update your information online. An online information update may take up to several days to be processed. If you request ballots after updating your information, please CONFIRM FIRST THAT YOUR ONLINE UPDATE WAS PROCESSED PRIOR TO REQUESTING BALLOTS by either (a) contacting the Military and Overseas Voting Team or (b) checking your voter status (the website reflects information processed up to the previous day.)
I want to update my information online.
UPDATING ONLY YOUR ADDRESS BY PHONE
To update ONLY YOUR ADDRESS by phone, please call our main office at (904) 255-8683 (VOTE) and mention your active-duty/dependent/overseas status to be routed to the Military and Overseas Team. Changes to signature, name, and party affiliation must be made by using option 1 or 2 as described above. If you want to vote by mail, please remember to mention that when you are on the call.
UPDATING ONLY YOUR ADDRESS BY SIGNED, WRITTEN NOTE
To update ONLY YOUR ADDRESS by signed, written note, please provide a signed, written note containing the items below. ONLY THE VOTER may update the voter’s voter registration information.
1. Voter’s name.
2. Voter’s date of birth.
3. Voter’s Florida Driver License number OR the voter’s Florida Identification Card number OR the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number, whichever may be verified in the Supervisor’s records. If you cannot remember which one our office has on file, please provide all you may have.
4. Voter’s Duval County legal voting residence address. (If a voter is temporarily living outside Duval County; is not maintaining a residence address within Duval County; and intends to remain a resident of Duval County, then that person may use the address of the Supervisor of Elections Office—105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202—as his or her legal voting residence address.) IMPORTANT!! If a voter uses use 105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202, as a voting residence address, then the voter MUST provide a mailing address (see item 5). Overseas voters may also use the address where they last lived in the United States as their Duval County legal residence address.
5. Mailing address for items such as voter information cards, sample ballots, and other notices.
6. Handwritten, pen-to-paper signature of voter (required for written updates INCLUDING emailed updates).
IF YOU WOULD ALSO LIKE TO REQUEST VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS TO BE SENT TO YOU FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS, PLEASE ALSO PROVIDE
7. For how far into the future the voter would like vote-by-mail ballots scheduled (maximum is through the next regularly scheduled general election) OR the voter may list specific elections for which ballots are desired.
8. Preferred delivery method for vote-by-mail ballots: mail, fax, or email.
ONLY an overseas voter OR a member of the uniformed services, Merchant Marine, or spouse or dependent of a member of the uniformed services or Merchant Marine LIVING OUTSIDE DUVAL COUNTY is eligible for faxed and emailed ballots.
NOTE: To use the emailed ballot, the voter will need a printer, printer paper, two envelopes, and postage (overseas voters returning the voted ballot by fax do not need the envelopes and postage.) Further instructions are provided with emailed and faxed ballots.
9. Where to send any vote-by-mail ballots: address, fax number, or email address.
10. If applicable, if not already provided above, the voter’s overseas address (or a statement that the voter is overseas. For example, “Voter is living overseas.”)
WAYS TO SUBMIT THE SIGNED, WRITTEN NOTE
If you are an active-duty member of the uniformed services or Merchant Marine; uniformed services or Merchant Marine members’ dependent or spouse; and/or an overseas voter, then you may submit your signed, written note in the following ways: (If I am a civilian living within the United States, what is the contact information for submitting my signed, written note?):
• By email (as an attachment) to email@example.com,
• By fax to (904) 301-3867, or
• By mail or by hand delivery to UOCAVA team, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office, 105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.
VISIT THE DOWNTOWN SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
(105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202) during business hours. If you are an active-duty member of the uniformed services or Merchant Marine and live outside Duval County; (b) a uniformed services or Merchant Marine member’s dependent or spouse living outside Duval County; or (c) an overseas voter AND if you would like further help setting up voting by mail, please mention your active duty/dependent/overseas status so that a member of the Military and Overseas Voters Team can be summoned to help you.
Other ways to obtain and return applications
• By contacting the Military and Overseas Voting Team
to request that an application be mailed to you
• By visiting the Supervisor of Elections Office (105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202) where you may complete and drop off the application.
Additionally, Florida Voter Registration Applications (FVRAs) are available at any Jacksonville Public Library where there is also a drop box for completed applications.
Sections 97.1031, 98.077, 101.045(1), 101.62, Fla. Stat. (2021)