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LWV encourages voters to request mail ballots

By Staff | May 20, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Sanibel recommends that registered voters request a vote-by-mail ballot now. All registered voters are eligible to vote by mail, and the ballots can be requested from the Lee County Supervisor of Elections online, by phone or email, or in person.

Once you have requested to vote-by-mail or have voted previously by mail, you must renew your request every two General Elections. Ballots will not be forwarded, but you can change the address to which they will be mailed. Call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-533-8683 for information.

As circumstances change, you may opt to vote early, or you can still go to the polls on election day. Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot provides assurance that your voice will be heard, regardless of how things change relative to the pandemic, potential hurricanes, or long lines at the polls.

When voting by mail, you must sign the back of the ballot certificate envelope and should provide a phone number and email address so you can be contacted by the Elections Office if there are problems with the ballot. Your signature will be compared to the one that is on file with the Elections Office.

If you are concerned that your signature might have changed, you can download a form at www.lee.vote to submit a new signature or call the Elections Office at 239-533-8683.

Voters can track the status of their vote-by-mail ballot online by clicking “Track Your Ballot” at www.lee.vote home page or voting page. You can see when your request for the ballot was received and also when your ballot was mailed, received and counted.

Vote-by-mail ballot must be requested before Aug. 8 for the primary election on Aug. 18.

For the Nov. 3 general election, the ballots must be requested before Oct. 24.