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Florida

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Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

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2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed out ballots

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State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

0/10

Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

6/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

2/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

3/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

2/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

4/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

4/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

2/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

0/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

0/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

4/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

3/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

2/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

2/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

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Opportunities

Florida can reduce costs and increase voter convenience by expanding its permanent absentee voting list, on which voters can sign up to automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election without having to re-apply. Expanding Florida’s permanent absentee option by making the list truly permanent, rather than for just one year, would save the state significant expenses by cutting down on the requests it needs to process.
Paying for prepaid postage is a voter-centric reform that removes a financial barrier to the vote. While Florida has encouraged counties to pay postage for ballots, we encourage the state to pay postage for future elections.
Creating an online portal for all voters to request an absentee ballot not only makes it much more convenient for voters, it also would be a boon to election officials. Currently, only some counties offer such a system. A statewide system could be built to feed directly into the county voter registration systems to help verify addresses, collect contact information, and to remove administrative steps (and costs!) to process a large amount of requests. We encourage an integrated process that allows new voters to register, current voters to make changes to their address and make requests for ballots in a seamless manner.
Creating an online portal for all voters to request an absentee ballot not only makes it much more convenient for voters, it also would be a boon to election officials. Currently, only some counties offer such a system. A statewide system could be built to feed directly into the county voter registration systems to help verify addresses, collect contact information, and to remove administrative steps (and costs!) to process a large amount of requests. We encourage an integrated process that allows new voters to register, current voters to make changes to their address and make requests for ballots in a seamless manner.
Ballot tracking software such as Ballot Scout or Ballot TRACE can be a very cost effective tool to improve Florida’s current ballot tracking and increase voter confidence. It also adds a layer of data for the elections office and serves as another modality to contact voters if there is a signature mismatch or deficiency on their return envelope. An expanded notification system helps keep rejection rates low and increases voter confidence and participation.
Drop boxes reduce strain on the postal system, and are sometimes a preferred method by voters who want an extra bit of reassurance that their ballot makes it to the elections office on time. Florida already has drop boxes and Board of Elections ballot drop off. Adding voting centers and polling place drop off would further lessen the reliance on the postal service and increase voter convenience and confidence. In addition, repealing the provision in S 90 that requires that drop boxes be monitored at all times would make drop boxes more accessible to voters by allowing them to be open for more hours.
Drop boxes reduce strain on the postal system, and are sometimes a preferred method by voters who want an extra bit of reassurance that their ballot makes it to the elections office on time. Florida already has drop boxes and Board of Elections ballot drop off. Adding voting centers and polling place drop off would further lessen the reliance on the postal service and increase voter convenience and confidence. In addition, repealing the provision in S 90 that requires that drop boxes be monitored at all times would make drop boxes more accessible to voters by allowing them to be open for more hours.

Recent Legislation

As of May 19, 2021

A wide variety of pro-vote-by-mail legislation was introduced throughout the 2020 session. Unfortunately, all failed to become law. The only movement was Executive Order 20-149, which permitted county canvassing boards to begin canvassing immediately following the completion of tabulation equipment testing.
In addition, during the 2021 session, the Legislature passed S 90. This bill extended the temporary canvassing provision enacted in EO 20-149. However, its most impactful provisions include:

  • Weakening the semi-permanent absentee voter list by limiting the duration of mail-in ballot requests to elections within one calendar year.
  • Requiring that voters provide a driver’s license number or last four digits of a social security number in order to request a mail ballot.
  • Mandating that drop boxes be attended at all times.
  • Limiting who can return a voter’s mail ballot.
  • Ensuring that mail ballot requests made in the future only last for half as long.
  • Banning election officials from proactively sending absentee applications or ballots to voters.

All of these reforms do not prioritize needs; they make it more difficult for voters to request and return mail ballots.