NAPLES, FL – If you are planning to vote by mail, Wednesday, October 27th is the last day to request the ballot be mailed to you. Per Section 101.62, Florida Statutes, the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot be sent to a voter by mail is October 27th at 5:00 p.m. After that date, voters will be required to pick up their absentee/mail ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Collier Government Center, 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Building C2, Naples, FL.
The ballot for the 2010 General Election is quite lengthy and, for most Collier County voters, will be three pages in length. Registered voters in the City of Naples and the City of Marco Island will be voting a two-page ballot.
Since voting a three-page ballot may take longer than expected, those planning to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day are encouraged to study their sample ballot and bring it to the polls to use as a guide. For convenience, voters may prefer to request an absentee/mail ballot. Any qualified voter is permitted to request and vote by absentee/mail ballot – NO EXCUSE IS NEEDED. Voting by mail is convenient and requesting an absentee/mail ballot is easy. Requests may be made online at the Supervisor of Elections Office website – www.CollierVotes.com – by clicking on the link labeled ‘Request an Absentee Ballot’ under the Absentee/Mail Ballot header. Requests may also be made in person, by mail, or by calling (239) 252-8450. Completed absentee/mail ballots must be returned in the envelope provided, the envelope must be signed by the voter, and the Supervisor of Elections Office must receive the absentee/mail ballot by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day – November 2nd. Absentee/mail ballots may be hand delivered to the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Collier Government Complex but may NOT be dropped off at an Early Voting site or at a precinct on Election Day.
If a voter receives an absentee/mail ballot and decides to vote during Early Voting or at their precinct on Election Day, the absentee/mail ballot should be surrendered at the polls so it may be cancelled. If a voter cannot surrender their absentee/mail ballot, an election worker will confirm the absentee/mail ballot has not been voted and then the voter will be allowed to vote.
For more information, visit the website – www.CollierVotes.com – or contact the Elections Office at (239) 252-8450.