Florida voters can drop off mail ballots at elections offices on Election Day

Don’t bring your mail ballot to a polling place unless you plan to turn it in and vote in person instead.
A drop box is set up ahead of the start of early voting in Hillsborough County for the August primary.
A drop box is set up ahead of the start of early voting in Hillsborough County for the August primary. [ [Allison Ross | Times] ]
Published Nov. 2, 2020|Updated Nov. 3, 2020

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If you haven’t gotten around to turning in your completed mail ballot yet, it’s not too late — though it’s probably too late to try to put it in the mail.

In Florida, voters can drop off their mail ballot at an elections office within their county until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mail ballots must be received by the county supervisor of elections by 7 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted.

Voters should not go to a polling place to drop off their mail ballot; guidance from the Florida Department of State said mail ballot drop boxes are generally not allowed at polling places on Election Day.

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There are four elections offices in Hillsborough County that will be available for voters to drop their ballots off as early as 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, there is a 24-hour drop box that voters can use until 7 p.m. Tuesday outside the main elections office at 2514 N. Falkenburg Road.

The four Hillsborough elections offices are:

  • Fred B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
  • Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa
  • Northwest elections office, 4575 Gunn Highway, Tampa
  • Southeast elections office, 10020 S. U.S. Highway 301, Riverview

Pinellas has three elections offices that voters can use to drop off mail ballots. In addition, it has several other remote drop box locations that are available Monday but not Tuesday.

The three Pinellas County office locations are:

  • Election service center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo
  • Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater
  • County building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Other Pinellas drop-off locations available Monday can be found on the elections supervisor’s website. Hours vary by location.

And the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections also has three office locations that voters can use to drop off mail ballots:

  • East Pasco Government Center, 14236 6th St, Suite 200, Dade City
  • West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, Suite 110, New Port Richey
  • Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Room 105, Land O' Lakes

Voters who requested a mail ballot can also choose to vote in person instead. Voters who decide they want to do that should bring their mail ballot with them to their assigned polling place and hand it in; an election worker would mark the mail ballot as canceled and provide the voter with a regular ballot. If a voter does not bring the mail ballot with them, they can still vote if election workers can confirm that the voter has not already voted by mail.

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If poll workers cannot confirm that a voter has not already voted by mail, the voter may have to vote by provisional ballot, meaning the canvassing board would decide later whether to count the vote.

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