Plan now to take advantage of the opportunity to "vote by mail" in the August 14 primary election and Nov. 6 general election. Florida is one of only a few states that offer voting by mail. "Vote By Mail" continues to grow in popularity because of the convenience.
Lee and Collier county residents are encouraged to contact the Supervisor of Elections office to request ballots for both elections. Then sit back, relax and place your vote in the comfort of your own home or office. No voting machines to stress you out and you can take all the time you need to read the ballot and cast your vote.
A request to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election. Your ballot must be returned by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count.
In Lee County, visit: www.leeelections.com, click on the forms tab at the top or call (239) 533-8683 to request a ballot. You may also write to Supervisor of Elections, P.O. Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902.
In Collier County, visit: www.colliervotes.com, click on the "Vote By Mail" box at the top center or call (239) 252-8450 to request a ballot. You may also write to Supervisor of Elections, 3295 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, FL 34112.
Written requests for Collier County ballots require full name, legal residence address, date of birth and signature. Written requests for Lee County also require a driver's license number or last four digits of your social security number and a phone number.
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Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.