If you are a qualified Hardee County voter, you are entitled to vote an absentee ballot.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail,
or by telephone or by filling out the online form. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter’s spouse.
What information must I provide to request an absentee ballot?
A request from the voter must include the following:
The name of the voter for whom the ballot is requested
The voter’s address
The voter's date of birth
The voter’s signature (written request only).
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request an absentee ballot for him or herself, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
The requester’s name
The requester’s address
The requester’s driver’s license number, if available
The requester’s relationship to the voter
The requester’s signature (written request only).
When can I request an absentee ballot?
An absentee ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections which are held within a calendar year.
How and when will I receive my absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 28 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots cannot be forwarded.
Can I vote an absentee ballot in person?
Yes. A qualified absentee voter may vote in person at our office. A picture and signature identification must be presented to vote in office.
Can I pick up an absentee ballot for another person?
Carry out ballots are available only during the four days prior to an election. A qualified absentee voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot for the voter. The designee may only pick up two (2) absentee ballots per election other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide picture identification and complete an affidavit.
How do I return my absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections by mail or delivery by the voter or another individual.
Voted absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election day at the office of the Supervisor of Elections.
A VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE!