Your Vote Counts
Civic engagement is at the heart of what United Way of Broward County does. 2020 is an important year for America’s democracy, with critical resources and political representation at stake. From health, to economic stability, to racial justice; casting your vote is more important than ever.
View our resources below to get registered and to request your vote-by-mail ballot if you’re not comfortable going to the polls:
2020 Elections Dates
August 18, 2020
November 3, 2020
How to Vote by Mail for the August 18th Election
Five Things to Know
Vote-By-Mail (VBM) is one of three options for voting in Florida, created by the Legislature a few years after the state’s electoral problems in the 2000 Presidential election. However, the current “vote-by-mail” system was only made official in 2016. Because of this relatively recent history, long-time Florida residents as well as new residents are at times unclear about Florida’s VBM option and are skeptical of its use. This article describes five key things voters need to know about this option. SOE refers to Supervisor of Elections.
- What is Florida's VBM Ballot? It is a “no-excuse” option: no reason need be given to receive it, unlike the traditional “absentee” ballot Florida used to have and some states still use. The ballot is counted in official election results, again unlike the “absentee” ballot that was counted only if an election was so close these absentee ballots could affect the outcome. Think of VBM as an insurance policy in case you can’t get to the polls for ANY reason. You do not need to use it if you can and want to vote in person—simply turn it in at the voting site and vote by machine.
- How to request the ballot? First, you must already be a registered voter. You can request the ballot for specific elections or for all elections through two general election cycles. In Florida you must renew your request at the end of these two cycles. There are multiple ways to make the request, but the easiest are by phone (954-357-7055) or the SOE website: www.browardsoe.org. Request your VBM now: VBM ballots for the August 18 election will be mailed beginning July 9. A VBM ballot cannot be forwarded, so make sure the address on file with the SOE is correct. You can request the ballot be sent to an address not on file, such as a summer home.
- Completing the ballot. Follow the instructions for voting, especially the colors of pen ink allowed and how to fill in the bubble next to a candidate’s name.
- Returning the ballot. Place the ballot in the security sleeve, then place this sleeve in the postage-paid return envelope. Print and sign your name; include the date. A primary reason VBM ballots are not counted is because voters don’t sign the return envelope! Use your Florida ID/driver’s license as a guide for your proper signature. If there is more than one VBM voter in your household, make sure you use your return envelope—it is bar-coded for you. Mail the ballot at least 7-10 days before Election Day so that it can be received in the SOE office by 7 pm. on Election Day. The postmark date does not count. Alternatives to mailing: drop off the ballot in the safe box at any early voting site during the early voting period or take it to the SOE office.
- Tracking the receipt and counting of your ballot. Your personal voter registration page is the site for tracking your ballot, verifying the accuracy of your information, making updates, requesting a VBM ballot, and much more: www.browardsoe.org; then select the tab “Check Your Voter Status/Update.” The SOE will contact you if there is a problem with your signature.
Bagay w Bezwen Konnen
- Vote-pa-Lapòs (VPL) se yon asirans ke w genyen pou si tout fwa w pa kapab vote oumenm pou kont w. Pou nenpòt ki rezon anvan w pandan jou eleksyon-an. W pa bezwen itilize dokiman pou vote si w kapab vote oumenm pou kont w.
- Kenbe pake (VPL) separe de lòt pake (VPL) yo ki lakay w. Tout nimewo kòd ki make sou anvelòp ou resevwa a ak sou anvelòp pou voye tounen an yo, se pou w menm sèlman. Si w siyen sou yon lòt anvelòp, sa ka kreye konfizyon nan siyati yo.
- Ekri epi siyen non w sou anvelòp ki deja gen tenb sou li; ajoute dat la. Pran kòm gid menm siyati ou genyen sou lisans chofe Florida pou kondui w.
- Si w vle voye vòt w pi bonè pa lapòs, wa voye’l 7 a 10 jou anvan eleksyon yo, oswa wa depose’l nan yon biwo vòt kap louvri pou vòt ki fèt pi bonè yo. Nan jou eleksyon an, bilten vòt w dwe rive nan biwo vòt anvan 7 pm. Anvelòp ak dat ki gen so lapòs-la pap konte.
- Fè demand ak fè suivi sou bilten vòt (VPL) nan Broward Biwo Sipèvise Eleksyon sit entènèt: http://WWW.BROWARDSOE.ORG. Itilize paj ki louvre-a pou mande; oswa rele 954-357-7055. Li ta toujou pi bon, pou chwazi opsyon “verifye estati / mete ajou enskripsyon elektè” pou sa ale nan paj ki gen enfòmasyon pèsonèl elektè.
- Mande bilten vòt (VPL)
- Verifye si yo resevwa ak konte bilten vòt w
- Verifye enfòmasyon enskripsyon elektè w
- Mete ajou / fè chanjman sou enskripsyon elektè w
Resansman reponn a 2020 an nan lang Kreyòl Ayisyen: 844-477-2020 https://2020census.gov/ht.html
Cosas Que Necesitas Saber
- VOTA-POR-CORREO (VPC) O VOTE-BY-MAIL (VBM) EN INGLES, ES UNA POLIZA DE SEGURO EN CASO DE QUE NO PUEDAS VOTAR PERSONALMENTE POR CUALQUIER RAZON DURANTE LA VOTACION TEMPRANA O VOTACION EN EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES. TU NO NECESITAS UTILIZAR LA PAPELETA DE VOTACION, SI TE ES POSIBLE IR A VOTAR EN PERSONA.
- MANTEN TU PAQUETE DE VPC/VBM APARTE O SEPARADO DE OTROS PAQUETES DE VPC/VBM EN TU HOGAR. LOS CODIGOS DE BARRA EN LOS SOBRES DE VPC/VBM SON DESGINADOS PARA TU PERSONA. SI FIRMAS EL SOBRE DE OTRA PERSONA, CREARAS UNA CONTRADICCION Y DISCORDANCIA EN LAS FIRMAS.
- ESCRIBE Y FIRMA TU NOMBRE EN EL SOBRE DE RETORNO “PREPAGADO,” INCLUYENDO LA FECHA. UTILIZA LA MISMA FIRMA QUE TIENES EN TU LICENCIA DE CONDUCIR DEL ESTADO DE LA FLORIDA COMO GUIA Y EJEMPLO.
- ENVIA TU VOTO POR CORREO LO ANTES POSIBLE. DE 7-10 DIAS HABILES ANTES DEL DIA DE ELECCIONES, O DEJA TU BOLETA DE VPC/VBM EN UN CENTRO DE VOTACION DURANTE LA VOTACION ANTICIPADA/DIA DE VOTACION TEMPRANA. LAS PAPELETAS DE VOTACION DEBEN LLEGAR ANTES DE LAS 7 PM EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES. BOLETAS CON FECHAS POSTERIORES NO CALIFICAN.
- PIDE Y SIGUELE LA PISTA A TU PAPELETA VPC/VBM EN EL ENLACE DE TU SUPERVISOR DE ELECCIONES DE BROWARD: WWW.BROWARDSOE.ORG. UTILIZA LA VENTANA QUE RESALTA EN LA PANTALLA DE TU COMPUTADORA PARA PEDIR ESA INFORMACION. O LLAME 954-357-7055. MEJOR AUN, ELIJE LA TECLA “CHECK YOUR VOTER STATUS/UPDATE” O CHEQUEA “TU ESTATUS COMO VOTANTE/ACTUALIZACION” PARA IR A TU PAGINA DE REGISTRO PERSONAL PARA:
- PEDIR LA PAPELETA VPC/VBM EN CASTELLANO
- SEGUR LA PISTA DE TU RECIBO DE VOTO Y SU CONTEO.
- VERIFICAR LA INFORMACION DE TU REGISTRO DE VOTANTE
- PONER AL DIA/HACER CAMBIOS NECESARIOS A TU REGISTRO DE VOTANTE
PARA COMPLETAR EL CENSO (3 OPCIONES): https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html (INGLES)
REV Coalition is an informal group of non-partisan, third party voter registration organizations dedicated to enhancing Registration, Education, and Voter turnout in Broward County. Members include the Broward League of Women Voters, ACLU, Divine 9 Sororities and Fraternities, Urban League, and Voter Participation Project of Broward County, among others.