Request Absentee Ballots for Spring Elections and Even 2016

Within less than a month many Florida municipalities and some counties will be holding local elections. Unlike in the November elections, most municipalities, hit by tight budgets, will not have early voting sites.

Going to be out of town or unable to vote on your local election day? Then now is the time to act. And at the same time make sure your absentee ballot for the 2016 presidential election is secure.

The League of Women Voters of Florida reminds voters wishing to cast an absentee ballot that they can make a request or renew an absentee ballot with a simple phone call to their local Supervisor of Elections. Renewals can also be made online or via mail.

An absentee ballot requested in 2015 is good for two general election cycles under Florida law, (FS. 101.62(1)(a). After that initial period, however, the request must be renewed or it will automatically sunset.

“Any Florida voter can request an absentee ballot,” said Deirdre Macnab, president of the state League. “However the League is concerned that many seasoned voters may not realize that their standing absentee ballot request has expired.

“The good news is that the remedy is easy,” Macnab added. “Voters can renew by phone with a simple, quick call to their Supervisor of Elections to continue receiving their absentee ballots for future elections. Online renewal is acceptable as well”.

Charley Williams, League Voter Services Chair, said the “popularity of absentee voting in Florida continues to grow with each election cycle.”

He urged voters to vote on THEIR schedule and make the single phone call that will “ensure that you continue to receive absentee ballots through the 2016 presidential election and beyond.”

“The League encourages voters to make a habit of updating their voter record at least once a year. It’s important. Be Ready!”

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