With more than a million voters in South Florida waiting to receive mail-in ballots in the next week or so, some may be asking how to get their ballot counted without using the embattled U.S. Postal Service.
Miami-Dade, Broward and the Keys offer alternatives, including bringing ballots straight to the Supervisor of Elections office or dropping them in secure boxes.
Mail-in ballots have become a popular form voting this year with the coronavirus pandemic changing the way almost everything is done. In Miami-Dade and Broward counties alone, requests for mail-in ballots have more than doubled from 2016.
And there could be many more. Registered voters have until Oct. 24 to request a mail-in ballot.
Whether you drop off your ballot off in person or mail it, it’s always a good idea to make sure it has been received and counted.
“We are encouraging people to turn in their ballots as soon as possible,” said Roberto Rodriguez, Miami-Dade’s assistant deputy supervisor of elections.
Workers feed ballots to machines during a logic and accuracy testing of ballot counting equipment at the Voter Equipment Center in Lauderhill on Sept. 24, 2020. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections began mailing Vote-By-Mail ballots Sept. 24, following logic and accuracy testing of ballot counting equipment. Jose A Iglesias email@example.com Here is how to return your mail-in ballot
Miami-Dade: There are a few ways ballots can be returned in Miami-Dade. First, completed ballots can be mailed to Vote-by-Mail Ballot Section, Supervisor of Elections, P.O. Box 521250, Miami, FL, 33152.
Voters can also return them in person anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Miami-Dade Elections Department, 2700 NW 87th Ave. in Doral or the Stephen P. Clark Center Voter Information Center, 111 NW First St. (Lobby) in downtown Miami.
Ballots can also be dropped off at early voting locations via secure drop boxes. Early voting starts Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 1.
The early voting locations are:
▪ Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW Seventh Ave. in Miami
▪ California Club Branch Library, 700 Ives Dairy Rd. in Northeast Miami-Dade
▪ Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St. in Coral Gables
▪ Coral Reef Branch Library, 9211 SW 152nd St. in Southwest Miami-Dade
▪ Elections Department (Main Office), 2700 NW 87th Ave. in Doral
▪ Florida City Youth Activity Center, 650 NW Fifth Ave. in Florida City
▪ Florida International University-(Student Academic Success Center),11200 SW Eighth St. (Entrance on Southwest 107th Avenue and Southwest 16th Street) in West Miami-Dade
▪ Historic Garage,3250 S. Miami Ave. Same property as the old Museum of Science (as you enter on the right hand side) in Miami
▪ Homestead Community Center (William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center), 1601 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead
▪ International Mall Branch Library, 10315 NW 12th St. in Doral
▪ Joseph Caleb Center Community Meeting Room, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. – Building A in Miami
▪ Kendall Branch Library, 9101 SW 97th Ave. in Kendall
▪ Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St. in West Kendall
▪ Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr. in Miami Beach
▪ Miami Dade College Kendall Campus-(The Fascell Conference Center), 11011 SW 104th St. – Building K (Entrance on Southwest 104th Street and Southwest 113th Place) in West Kendall
▪ Miami Dade College North Campus (Library), 11380 NW 27th Ave. – Building 2 in North Miami-Dade
▪ Miami Lakes Community Center(Mary Collins Community Center), 15151 NW 82nd Ave. in Miami Lakes
▪ Naranja Branch Library,14850 SW 280th St. in South Miami-Dade
▪ North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens
▪ North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St. in North Miami
▪ North Shore Branch Library, 7501 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach
▪ Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch Library, 2930 Aventura Blvd. in Aventura
▪ Palmetto Bay Branch Library, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay
▪ Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami
▪ Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St. in Pinecrest
▪ Shenandoah Branch Library, 2111 SW 19th St. in Miami
▪ South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St. in Cutler Bay
▪ Stephen P. Clark Government Center(Elections Branch Office), 111 NW First St. (Lobby) in Miami
▪ Westchester Regional Library, 9445 SW 24th St. in Westchester
▪ West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. in West Kendall
▪ West Miami Community Center, 901 SW 62nd Ave. in West Miami
They can also be dropped off at four locations on the Monday before Election Day, Nov. 2 and on Election Day, Nov. 3.
▪ Elections Department (Main Office), 2700 NW 87th Ave.
▪ North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St.
▪ Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., Lobby
▪ South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St.
More information is available on the election department’s vote-by-mail page or call 305-499-8444.
Broward: Broward announced it will have 24 secure drop-off locations for ballots. There are secure drop boxes available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at both office locations — one at the rear entrance of Lauderhill Mall Voting Equipment Center, 1501 NW 40th Ave., and one at the Brickell Avenue entrance to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 115 S. Andrews Ave. Those are available through 7 p.m. Nov. 3rd.
Beginning Oct. 19 through Nov. 1, there will be boxes available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 22 early voting sites.
▪ African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale
▪ Broward Health North Conference Room, 201 E. Sample Rd. in Deerfield Beach
▪ Coral Ridge Mall North or Northwest Entrance, 3200 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale
▪ Davie/Cooper City Library, 4600 SW 82nd Ave. in Davie
▪ Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St. in Pompano Beach
▪ Fort Lauderdale Branch Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. Room 130 in Fort Lauderdale
▪ Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE Third St. in Hallandale Beach
▪ Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood
▪ Lauderhill Mall, 1519 NW 40th Ave. in Lauderhill
▪ Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place in Miramar
▪ Nob Hill Soccer Club, 10200 Sunset Strip in Sunrise
▪ North Regional Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd in Coconut Creek
▪ Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr. in Coral Springs
▪ Nova Southeastern University (Alvin Sherman Library), 3301 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd. in Davie
▪ Pine Trails Park Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End in Parkland
▪ E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Pompano Beach
▪ South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines
▪ Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines
▪ Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd. in Tamarac
▪ West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation
▪ Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd. in Weston
▪ Women’s Club of Wilton Manors, 600 NE 21st Ct. in Wilton Manors
Completed ballots will not be accepted at a polling place on the day of the election. However, if voters change their mind and want to vote in person after already requesting and receiving a vote-by-mail ballot, they can bring it to a polling place for it to be canceled. Then they will be able to vote in person. This also is the case in other counties.
For more information visit https://www.browardsoe.org/Voting-Methods/Vote-By-Mail-Voting.
Monroe: Completed ballots can be mailed back to the elections office. If returning in person, they must be given to a nearby Monroe County Supervisor of Elections office, not a polling place.
The boxes will be open during the early voting period from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1.
▪ Supervisor of Elections Office, 530 Whitehead St #101 in Key West
▪ Supervisor of Elections Office, 10015 Overseas Hwy. in Marathon
▪ Supervisor of Elections Office, 102050 Overseas Hwy #137 in Key Largo
▪ Big Pine Key Community Park, End of Sands Road, 31009 Atlantis Dr. in Big Pine Key
▪ Islamorada Branch Library, 81830 Overseas Hwy., MM. 81.7 in Islamorada
For more information visit https://www.keys-elections.org/Voter-Information/Vote-by-Mail.
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Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.