During this pandemic, it’s a good time to make sure your Vote-By-Mail ballot will count in the 2020 Primary and General Elections.
1.Update your signature and contact information by July 20. When your vote-by-mail ballot is received at the Supervisor of Elections Office, your signature on the outside of the envelope is compared with the signature on file. To make sure these signatures match, update your voter registration. Contact your Supervisor of Elections Office, www.charlottevotes.com. Print and complete the voter registration form, sign it, and mail it to: 226 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
2. Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot by August 8 at 5pm. Requests to vote by mail are good for up to two general elections. You may need to request a ballot this year even if you’ve voted by mail in the past. Here are two ways to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot: (1) Complete the online (www.charlottevotes.com) application; (2) call the Supervisor of Elections on 941-833-5422 and request a ballot.
Your ballot will be mailed to you beginning July 9.
3. Return your ballot by 7pm on August 18 (Primary Election) and November 3 (General Election). You can mail your ballot but you can also drop it off at one of the three Supervisor of Elections offices: Englewood, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.
If you decide to vote in person after requesting a Vote-By-Mail ballot, bring your ballot to the polling location. If you have misplaced your ballot, contact the Supervisor of Elections on 941-833-5422.
4. Track your ballot. Visit www.charlottevotes.com to ensure your ballot was received. If after 3 days, you are unable to track your ballot, contact the Supervisor of Elections office to confirm that your ballot was received.
5. If your ballot was rejected, the Supervisor of Elections is required by law to notify you, tell you why it was rejected, and give you an opportunity to correct any issues to “cure” your ballot and have it counted. This is why you should not wait until the last minute to return your ballot. If your ballot was rejected or you have been required to cast a provisional ballot, your supervisor of elections is required by law to allow you to cure the ballot by submitting a “Vote-By-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit” and a copy of your voter ID. You have to submit this form by 5pm, two days after the election.