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Ken Detzner Florida of State
Supervisors of Elections
November 25, 2013
Directive 2013-01Retu of Absentee Ballots The Division of Elections has been asked for clarication regarding the law goveing the return of absentee ballots. The Division of Elections'
Polling Place Procedures Manual
directs supervisors not to accept delivery of a voted absentee ballot at a polling place by a voter who does not want to vote in person, but instead to instruct the voter to "take the absentee ballot to the ofce of the supervisor of elections. Fla Admin CodeR 1S2034 (incorporating Form DSDE) A consistent understanding of the perinent requirements of the Election Code is essential to ensure that the casting and counting of absentee ballots is conducted in a fair, secure, ecient, and impartial manner. For that reason, I have chosen to respond to this inquiry by directive to all supervisors of elections In my capacity as the chief election ofcer of the State of Florida I hereby issue this directive for the purpose of maintaining uniformity in the interpretation and implementation of Florida election laws. Pursuant to my authority in section 97.012(16), Florida Statutes, I provide the following written direction to supervisors of elections on the perormance of their ofcial duties with respect to provisions of the Florida Election Code and rues goveing the retu of absentee ballots The Eection Code provides voters who have requested absentee ballots with multiple options as to how they ultimately cast their votes While a voter must retu an absentee ballot to the supervisor in order for it to be counted, a voter may instead elect to vote in person by delivering the absentee ballot to the voter's precinct or an early voting cite to be cancelled. §§ 101.68, 10169, Florida Statutes (203). In order to avoid consion and ensure that every absentee voter has the opportunity to cast his or her ballot, supervisors must understand and adhere to the laws goveing the proper location for receipt of absentee ballots under each circumstance
Voters esiding a ceain facilities may also cas heir ballots rough supervise voing pusuant o secion 101655, Floia Satues (2013).
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