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PBC Supervisor of Elections says Mail-in Ballots are Safe to use for Presidential Election

The 2020 Presidential elections are fast approaching with the Florida primary on August 18th. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Wendy Sartory Link told 850WFTL that voting by mail in ballot is simple and safe. She says that you must request the mail-in ballot, which used to be called an absentee ballot, 10 days before the election. You are required to sign the outside envelop and your signature will be compared with your signature on file to prevent voter fraud. Also, as with absentee ballots, you don’t need a reason or excuse to request a mail-in ballot.

2020 Primary Election Deadline to register or change party: Monday, July 20, 2020 Early Voting: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020 – Sunday, August 16, 2020 Vote By Mail: Due by 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Election Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 During the Primary Election, electors will vote for representatives within their party affiliations. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2020 General Election Deadline to register: Monday, October 5, 2020 Early Voting: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2020 – Sunday, November 1, 2020 Vote By Mail: Due by 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Election Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2020 The General Election ballot will list the candidates for the Presidency and the winning candidates of the August Primary Election. During this election, voters will have the opportunity to vote for a candidate regardless of their party affiliation. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The deadline to request that a Vote-by-Mail ballot be mailed to you for the August 18, 2020 Primary Election is no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2020. If you miss the deadline, you can visit one of the SOE offices and they will print a mail ballot for you. Or you can vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. Vote-by-mail refers to a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a voter instead of going to the polls to vote during early voting or election day. any registered voter can vote by mail. you can request a vote-by-mail ballot for a specific election or for all elections through the next two general elections. after two general elections, you’ll need to make the request again. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ REQUESTING YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT A request for a Vote-by-Mail ballot may be made in one of the following ways: Online: Mail Ballot Request Service By Phone: (561) 656-6208 By Fax: (561) 656-6230 Your Vote-by-Mail ballot may be sent to your legal residence address, permanent mailing address, or a temporary address. When sending a Vote-by-Mail ballot to an address not on file with the Florida Voter Registration System, the request must be in writing and signed by the voter. The online mail ballot request service system will notify you if the address is not already on file and you will be prompted to print, sign and submit your request to our office. Written signed requests may be made by mail, fax (561) 656-6230, or as an attachment to email votebymail@pbcelections.org Listen to the full interview with PBC SOE Wendy Link here.