Any qualified and registered voter can vote by mail, you do not need an excuse! You must request a vote-by-mail ballot in order to participate. Make sure you put it back in the secrecy sleeve and sign the ballot!
A request for a vote by mail ballot may be made in any of the following ways:
- By telephone call to Supervisor of Elections – (727)-464-6239
- Online application on the Supervisors of Elections’ website – here
- By writing (e.g., by email, fax, mail) to Supervisor of Elections
- In person at Supervisor of Elections
The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. The ballot must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Exceptions exist for overseas military and civilian voters. See Military and Overseas Citizens Voting for further information.
It is safe and secure to mail your ballot back. Once you receive your ballot, make sure to fill out the whole ballot, sign the envelope, and put it in the mail as soon as you can to ensure that it is counted. You can track the status of your ballot here. If there is a problem with your ballot, the Supervisor of Elections office is obligated to contact you to fix the issue. You do not need to stamp the return envelope.
You can also return your ballot by dropping it off at any of the 25 ballot drop off locations, open October 19th-November 2nd. Ballots can be dropped off at any of the three Supervisor of Elections Offices on Election Day. Find ballot dropoff locations here.
If you decide you want to vote in person, applying for a vote by mail does not mean that you can not vote at a polling place! When you go in person, you should bring your vote by mail ballot with you and turn it in to your poll workers to be destroyed so that your in-person vote is counted.
Voting at the Polls – What to Expect
Throughout Early Voting and on Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voter waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot.
There will be five early voting locations in Pinellas County, open October 19th-November 1st. Those locations are:
- Supervisor of Elections Office – County Courthouse – 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater, 33756 (voter parking spots will be designated in courthouse parking lots)
- Supervisor of Elections Office – Election Service Center – 13001 Starkey Rd., Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, Largo, 33773
- Supervisor of Elections Office – County Building – 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33701
- The Centre of Palm Harbor – 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor 34683
- SPC Allstate Center – 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg, 33733
On Election Day, you can only vote in your assigned precinct. To determine your precinct and polling place on Election Day, check your voter information card or find your polling place through the voter information lookup here.
You must show a photo and signature identification before you can vote. A combination of the two (ex: student ID with photo only and credit card with signature only) is accepted. The twelve acceptable forms of identification are:
- Florida driver license
- Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway, Safety and Motor Vehicles
- United States passport
- Debit or credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association identification
- Public assistance identification
- Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
- Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality