This year more voters than ever are interested in voting by mail in November’s General Election. In Lake County, here’s what you need to know:
BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE PROCESS: Voters need to know that their signature on file with Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office must be current when voting by mail. The signature on the return envelope of the vote-by-mail ballot will be compared with the signature on file in the Elections office in order to verify the ballot.
HOW TO REQUEST A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
The deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot is October 24th at 5:00 p.m. Voters can request their ballot online here or by calling the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352.343.9734. Please note: military voters and civilians living overseas have different deadlines for requesting/returning their mail ballot.
All active/registered voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot without an excuse
Voters that want their ballot mailed to a different address than the one on file in the Elections Office must make that request in writing, and a signature is required. If making the request online, the system will prompt the voter to print, sign, and mail in the request.
HOW TO RETURN A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT
General Election voted ballots MUST be received by the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office before 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020. The office is located at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd. in Tavares.
Voters can mail their completed vote-by-mail ballots to the Supervisor of Elections Office in the postage paid return envelope supplied with the ballot. The United States Postal Services recommends mailing AT LEAST one week prior to the deadline.
Completed vote-by-mail ballots may also be turned in at any of the Early Voting sites between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the Early Voting Period. The General Election Early Voting period runs from October 19th- 31st. A list of all Early Voting sites is available here:
Voted mail ballots may also be deposited at the curbside dropbox located in the Elections Office parking lot located at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd. in Tavares. This option is available 24/7 until the 7:00 p.m. Election Day deadline.
Whichever option voters choose when returning their ballot, they MUST sign the voter’s certificate on the back of the return envelope. The signature on the return envelope is compared with the signature on file in the Elections office to verify vote-by-mail ballots. If the signature is missing or there is a mismatch, voters must resolve the signature issue by completing an affidavit and providing valid ID with photo and signature. The deadline to cure a signature issue is 5 p.m. on November 5th.
To avoid signature issues, voters who think their signature may have changed over time are encouraged to complete a voter registration application to update their signature prior to returning their voted mail ballot (see below).
REGISTERING TO VOTE OR UPDATING YOUR REGISTRATION:
Lake County’s registration books close on October 5, 2020 for the November 3, 2020, General Election. There are several ways to register.