Vote-by-Mail: Safe, effective, and only positive side effects-Step 2

By Charles Magoffin, Charlotte County Dems writer

Editor’s note: This is Step 2 (Request a Ballot) of a 3-Step series. Step 1 reviewed voter registration and Step 3 will deal with ballot delivery and tracking. Stay tuned!

Ok, you’ve taken the first dose of medicine: registering to vote as shown in the Step 1 article. If you haven’t registered, do it now and don’t procrastinate!

Step 2 is to request a ballot.  You can do it easily online (, and you can do it now! A voter also may request a Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot in person from the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) at the main office at 226 Taylor St., Punta Gorda.

Other options include a request made by phone (call (941) 833-5400) or by email to  In an email provide your name, address, date of birth, and the election or elections for which you are requesting a ballot. You also may fax or mail a letter to the following:

  • Via Fax: 941 833-5422
  • Via Letter: 226 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

Again, provide your name, address, date of birth, signature and the election or elections for which you are requesting a ballot.

Remember, you can vote by mail (VBM) for any reason, and you can request your ballot now!

For domestic voters, the initial batch of VBM ballots will be mailed to those who have requested them between the 40th (Sep 24) and 33rd (Oct 1) days before an election. Subsequent mailings will be sent daily as new requests are received.

For any questions, call the SOE at (941) 833-5400 or visit their website

If for whatever reason, you’re unsure of the process above, call the Charlotte County Democratic office at (941) 258-3542, and they will answer your questions or direct you to the proper resources.

Let’s make your vote count by taking this Step 2, Requesting a Ballot, quickly. It’s safe, effective, and just the medicine we need!