The Volusia County Democratic Party recommends that you vote by mail (see Why vote by mail?)
To Request a Vote by Mail/Absentee Ballot
- Online – Request a ballot from the Volusia County Department of Elections using the Mail Ballot Request Service
- Submit a request in writing, or call the Supervisor of Elections @ Supervisor of Elections Contact Information
- Visit the Volusia County Department of Elections in person.
You will need to provide the following information:
- The name of the voter for whom the ballot is being requested;
- The voter’s address;
- The voter’s date of birth; and
- The voter’s signature (if the request is submitted in writing).
If an immediate family member or legal guardian is requesting an absentee ballot for you, the following additional information must be provided:
- The requestor’s address;
- The requestor’s driver’s license number (if available);
- The requestor’s relationship to the voter; and
- The requestor’s signature (if the request is written).
The deadline to request that an absentee ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election (October 29).
Otherwise, an absentee ballot can be picked up until and including on Election Day. However, the ballot must still be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count.
Who can pick up an Absentee Ballot?
A voter can pick up or have their absentee ballot delivered at any time the ballot becomes available, including up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
A voter can also authorize a designee to pick up the ballot for them in writing, but the earliest ballot can be picked up is 5 days before Election Day. A designee is limited to picking up 2 absentee ballots per elections (not including his or her own ballot and ballots for immediate family members).
Additionally, a designee must submit a completed AFFIDAVIT TO PICK-UP VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT FOR A VOTER (DS-DE 37 – English PDF/ Español PDF), which provides written authorization from the voter. If no request is on record, the voter also has to submit the request part of the Affidavit.
If a voter or designee waits until Election Day to pick up or have delivered an absentee ballot, the ELECTION DAY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT DELIVERY AFFIDAVIT (DS-DE 136 – English PDF/Español PDF) must also be completed by the voter to affirm that they have an emergency that prevents the voter from being able to go their assigned polling place to vote.
How to vote
Instructions for completing the absentee ballot are included with the ballot. The completed ballot must be returned and received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Other return options are available for Military and Overseas Voters.
If the voter decides to go to the polls to vote instead, the voter should bring the absentee ballot (whether it has been marked or not). Even if the voter comes to the polls without the absentee ballot, the voter will still be able to vote a regular ballot if the supervisor of elections’ office is able to confirm that it has not received the voter’s absentee ballot. However, if it is confirmed that the voter have already voted an absentee ballot, the voter cannot vote again at the polls. If the voter believes or insists that the supervisor of elections’ office is wrong about receiving the absentee ballot or if the supervisor of elections’ office cannot confirm that the voter has already voted an absentee ballot, the voter is allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
How to correct a missing signature
If you forgot to sign your certificate with the returned ballot, you may still correct the omission by completing and returning an INSTRUCTIONS AND FORM FOR VOTE‐BY‐MAIL BALLOT CURE AFFIDAVIT (DS–DE 139) – English PDF / Español PDF) with a copy of your identification. The deadline to submit this affidavit is no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election (November 5). Failure to follow the instructions may cause your ballot not to count.