Miami-Dade absentee ballots “in the mail”

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Elections Department will begin mailing absentee ballots to more than 169,000 voters for the November 2, 2010 General Election this Friday, October 8, 2010. The Election Department will continue mailing absentee ballots to voters upon request as long as the request is received by the deadline – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.

“Absentee voting continues to gain popularity year after year. It has never been easier or more convenient to vote absentee,” said Supervisor of Elections Lester Sola. “Why not vote from the comfort of your home?”

An absentee ballot can be requested several ways – online via the Elections Department website, by phone at (305) 499-8444, in writing or in person.

Written requests MUST include all of the following:

Printed Name of the Voter
Date of Birth
Current Residence address
Address where the ballot is to be mailed. If the ballot is to be sent to an address other than the residence, voter must include the reason why.
Date of the election or elections for which an absentee ballot is needed.
Signature of voter
· Ballot should send it to Miami-Dade Elections Department, P.O. Box 521550, Miami, Florida 33152.

If requesting an absentee ballot in person, voters must bring a picture ID to:

· Election Department Main Office at 2700 NW 87th Ave., Miami, FL

· Voter Information Center (VIC) at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite #112, Miami, FL (located on the 1st Floor, West Lobby)

Voters are reminded the following:

· Submit your request by the deadline – October 27, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.

· Ensure your ballot is received by the Elections Department by Election Day, November 2, 2010 no later than 7:00 p.m.

· Ensure you sign the voter certificate on the outside of the absentee ballot envelope.

· It is important that the signature on the absentee ballot envelope match the signature the Elections Department has on record. Since it is common for signatures to change throughout the years, voters are encouraged to update their signature by submitting a voter registration application, which can be printed from the Elections Department website under “registration” or by calling the County’s Answer Center 3-1-1 and requesting a voter registration application. Be sure to check the “signature update” box.

For more information, please call 3-1-1 or visit www.miamidade.gov/elections

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