WHO CAN VOTE BY ABSENTEE?
If you are a registered voter of Bay County, you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot (F.S. 101.62). If you have changed residence to another state and
are ineligible to vote there, you can vote for president and Vice President (F.S. 101.663).
(NEW!!) HOW CAN I TRACK MY ABSENTEE BALLOT? (F.S. 101.62)
You can now track your absentee ballot online.
REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S.101.62)
An absentee ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections. Absentee Ballot requests are good through two (2) regularly scheduled general election. The request can be made in person, by telephone, or on this website. Only the voter or a designated member of his or her immediate family or legal guardian can request an absentee ballot for the voter. Immediate family means the voter's spouse, the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the voter or of the voter's spouse, or legal guardian.
A request from the voter must include the following information:
If the voter has designated an immediate family member or legal guardian to request his/her absentee ballot, that designee must provide the above information in addition to the following:
You must read and follow all instructions included with the absentee ballot and on our Absentee Ballot Instructions page. We've also provided a list of frequently asked questions and answers and detailed information below.
PICKING UP AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
A qualified voter may also designate in writing another person to pick up his or her ballot (F.S. 101.62(b)4). Designees may pick up ballots on election day, or up to five days prior to the day of the election. Designees may pick up two (2) absentee ballots only per election, other than his or her own, except for ballots picked up for members of his or her immediate family. The designee must provide picture identification approved by the Department of State, the written authorization from the voter, and complete an affidavit.
VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S. 101.661 & 101.64)
The voter must personally vote the ballot (unless assistance is required). The voter must sign the return envelope.
RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT (F.S. 101.67)
Voted absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office in person or by mail and must be received no later than 7 p.m. election day for the ballot to be counted. A VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT A POLLING PLACE!
MILITARY OVERSEAS VOTING INFORMATION
You may obtain the Standard Form 76 (SF76), Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) forms from your unit administration office or unit Voting Assistance Office (VAO). Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of absentee voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules. Complete this form and send it to the Supervisor of Elections Office, 830 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401. You can also request an absentee ballot through any of the methods listed on this web site.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates can assist in completing and mailing FPCA forms, absentee ballots and other election materials. Federal portions of general election and presidential preference primary ballots voted by persons outside the U.S. are counted if dated by the voter next to his or her signature no later than election day and received by the Supervisor of Elections within 10 days of the election. Additional military election information is available from:
FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Office of Secretary of Defense
1155 Defense Program
Washington, D.C. 20331-1155
Toll Free: 1-800-438-8683
MILITARY OVERSEAS ONLINE INFORMATION