Absentee Ballot Guidelines for Miami-Dade's 2014 Primary Elections

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    FILE PHOTO: Voters prepare to cast their ballots at the North Miami Public Library after standing in line on November 1, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. Voters are complaining about hours long waits in line to cast their ballots and former Florida governor, Charlie Crist, as well as state Democrats, have asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend early voting hours for all the state�s counties. Rick Scott authorized a law limiting voting days to 8 from 14. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Miami-Dade County Elections has mailed absentee ballots to 187,000 voters for the Aug. 26th primary election.

    Those sending in absentee ballots must remember the following:

    • The Elections Department must receive absentee ballots no later than 7 p.m. on Aug. 26th
    • Voters must sign the voter certificate on the outside of the absentee ballot envelope
    • The signature on the envelope must match the signature that is on file at the Election Department. To update a signature, voters can submit a voter registration application, which can be printed here or by calling the County's 3-1-1 Answer Center. Be sure to check the "signature update" box.
    • Voters should not allow anyone to mark their ballots unless they are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write.
    • Voters should not give their ballots to anyone other than someone that has been specifically named as a designee with the Elections Department.
    • Return postage is paid for Miami-Dade County. There is no need for someone else to mail in a voter's ballot.

    The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday, Aug. 20th by 5 p.m. To request a ballot, call (305) 499-VOTE (8683), visit the Elections Department website, or send a request in writing or in person.

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