For Immediate Release
September 30, 2022
For Additional Information Contact:
Leslie Rossway Swan
4375 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Ballots Are In the Mail for 41,227 Domestic Voters for the November 8 General Election
Indian River County, FL – Indian River County voters should expect to receive their vote-by-mail ballot in the coming days. Supervisor of Elections Leslie Swan announced 41,227 domestic mail ballots were sent to voters on September 30 for the November 8 General Election. "Voting by mail has surged in recent years. The initial mailing of ballots for the upcoming General Election has increased by 102% as compared to the 2018 Gubernatorial Election," said Supervisor Swan.
The Elections Office provides several options to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Requests can be made online, in person, by phone, fax, mail, or email. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the General Election is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Due to a recent change in election law, a voter must now provide their Driver's License number, Florida Identification Card number or the last four digits of their social security number in order to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
Mail ballot voters have the option to return their ballot through the United States Postal Service or in person at the Supervisor of Elections office during business hours. Voters are advised to allow at least one week for their ballot to be returned by mail to the Supervisor of Elections office. Voters also have the option to deliver their ballot to a Secure Ballot Intake Station (drop box) at any one of the three early voting sites during voting hours. Voted mail ballots cannot be accepted at Election Day polling places.
Voters who vote by mail can track their ballot at VoteIndianRiver.gov through the entire process, including the day the ballot requested, the day the ballot is mailed, and the day their voted mail ballot is received back in the Elections Office.
Beginning October 30, voters may designate in writing a person to pick up their ballot in person at the Elections Office. The designee may not pick up more than two mail ballots per election in addition to the designee's own ballot or a ballot for an immediate family member. Ballots may be picked up at the Elections Office through Monday, November 7. Those who wait until Election Day must vote at their assigned voting precinct.
Senate Bill 90 modified the length of time that a vote-by-mail ballot request is valid. At the end of this year, all voters who have a vote-by-mail request on file with the Supervisor of Elections office will need to renew their request beginning January 1, 2023.
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