MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots will be showing up in Miami-Dade County voters mailboxes over the next few days.

Tuesday morning, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department mailed out more than 187,000 absentee ballots to voters with a standing request on file.

“Absentee voting becomes more popular with each election and continues to be a secure voting method for our voters. It has never been easier or more convenient to vote absentee from the comfort of your home,” Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley is quoted as saying in a press release.

  • County officials want to remind voters of the following:
  • The Elections Department must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 26, 2014.
  • Ensure you sign the voter certificate on the outside of the absentee ballot envelope.
  • The signature on the envelope must match the signature the Elections Department has on record. Voters are encouraged to update their signature by submitting a voter registration application, which can be printed      from the Elections Department website or by calling the County’s 3-1-1 Answer Center. Be sure to check the “signature update” box.
  • Do not allow anyone to mark your ballot unless you are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write.
  • There is no reason to give your ballot to anyone other than someone you have specifically named as your designee with the Elections Department.
  • Return postage is paid for Miami-Dade County. There is no need for someone to mail your ballot for you.

If you are registered to vote, and are interested in acquiring an absentee ballot but haven’t submitted a request, you can do so in several ways before the August 20th (5 PM) deadline: by phone at (305) 499-VOTE (8683), online via the Elections Department website, in writing or in person. The deadline is Wednesday, August 20, 2014, by 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 3-1-1 or visit In addition to the information above, voters can also track their absentee ballot, view their customized sample ballot, and much more.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-375-2274 in advance.


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