Absentee Voting

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General Information | Military Information | Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

If you are a qualified registered voter and are unable to attend the polls on election day, you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. An absentee ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections in an election year. This can be done in person, by mail, by telephone, by fax 305-292-3406, by e-mail absentee@keys-elections.org, or by having someone bring your written and signed request to the Elections Office.

Pursuant to Florida law, the supervisor shall give the ballot to that designee for delivery to the elector. By delivery to a designee on election day or up to 5 days prior to the day of an election. Any elector may designate in writing a person to pick up the ballot for the elector; however, the person designated may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, other than the designees own ballot, except that additional ballots may be picked up for members of the designees immediate family. For purposes of this section, immediate family means the designees spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the designee or of the designees spouse. The designee shall provide to the supervisor the written authorization by the elector and a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The designee shall state in the affidavit that the designee is authorized by the elector to pick up that ballot and shall indicate if the elector is a member of the designees immediate family and, if so, the relationship.

The department shall prescribe the form of the affidavit. If the supervisor is satisfied that the designee is authorized to pick up the ballot and that the signature of the elector on the written authorization matches the signature of the elector on file, the supervisor shall give the ballot to that designee for delivery to the elector.

A qualified absentee voter may vote in person at the office of the Supervisor of Elections, during the designated in office absentee voting period.

If an absentee is being mailed to an address other than what is on file, we must have a signed written request from the voter. 

Your voted ballot must be received by 7 p.m. election day at your nearest Monroe County Supervisor of Elections office. A voted ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place, unless the voter spoils their absentee and is issued a precinct ballot to be cast at that precinct.

Federal portions of general election and presidential preference primary ballots voted by persons outside the U.S. are counted if postmarked no later than election day and received within 10 days of the election.


Military Information

Military personnel may apply for voter registration or request absentee ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the Unit Voting Officer. If the FPCA is not available, phone or send a written request to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

NOTE: Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of absentee voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates can assist in completing, witnessing, notarizing and mailing FPCA forms, absentee ballots and other election materials. Additional military election information is available from:

THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Pentagon, Room 1-B457 Washington, D.C. 20301


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can vote by absentee ballot?
    Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.
      
  • How do I get an absentee ballot?
    It is easy to get an absentee ballot. First, a request for an absentee ballot must be made. A request can be made in several ways.

    A person can request a ballot for his or her own use, either in person, over the telephone, by fax 305-292-3406, by e-mailabsentee@keys-elections.org, or by mail. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for yourself, Florida Statute requires you to provide:

- YOUR NAME
- YOUR ADDRESS
- BIRTHDAY
- SIGNATURE IF IN WRITTEN REQUEST
 

Without this specific information, we are unable to process your absentee ballot request.
 
Also, any person (except a candidate for office) that you designate may pick up your absentee ballot on election day or up to 5 days prior to the day of an election. If you ask someone to pick up an absentee ballot for you, there are several additional requirements.

The person must have a written request signed by you naming them as your designee to receive the ballots on your behalf.

The person picking up the ballot must furnish to us:

- YOUR NAME
- YOUR ADDRESS
- YOUR BIRTHDAY
- YOUR written authorization

Plus

The designee must show their photo ID and complete an affidavit.

Failure to provide the required information will prevent us from fulfilling your absentee ballot request.

  • How many absentee ballots can someone pick up and/or witness?
    A person may pick up absentee ballots for no more than two (2) voters in any given election, unless they are immediate family members in which case there is no set limit.
     
  • When does my absentee ballot need to be voted?
    Your completed ballot MUST be received at the SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE (not the polling precincts or the post office) no later than 7:00 pm on the day of the election, or your vote will not be counted.
     
  • Can I vote before Election Day?
    Any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a specific election is welcome to vote at our office by absentee ballot before an election during the specially designated in-office absentee voting period.
       

* Request for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be received prior to 5:00 pm the Wednesday before the election.