Here’s everything you need to know about voting in DeSoto County for the November 2020 Presidential election.
Supervisor of Elections:
201 East Oak Street, Suite 104
Arcadia, FL 34265
Early Voting Dates & Locations:
October 19 – October 31
Request a Vote By Mail Ballot:
Find Your Poll Location:
The Deadline to Register was October 5, 2020. Check Your Registration Status Here:
Check Your Vote By Mail Status:
Step 2: Click “Ballot and Precinct Information”
In the Ballot and Precinct section, you can also find your polling location and see the format of your vote-by-mail ballot (may not be available until closer to Election Day).
View Your Ballot Online Before You Vote
Do you know what’s on your ballot? Use this tool to enter your address and review the issues and candidates you’re voting on this year: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup
Amendments on the Ballot
When You Will Receive Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot
Ballots were sent to voters between September 24 – October 1. If you still haven’t received your ballot, go here: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus.
Your ballot must be returned and received by your county Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Click here for instructions and recommendations. Exceptions exist for overseas military and civilian voters.
How to Track Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot
Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot here: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus or through their county Supervisor of Elections website.
Return Your Ballot ASAP
Instructions are included with the vote-by-mail ballot. Follow them closely and try to match the signature on your voter registration and/or driver’s license. Your ballot must be received by your Supervisor of Elections by November 3.
Early voting starts October 19th in many counties, but you can drop your ballot off immediately at your Supervisor of Elections office. We strongly recommend taking your ballot either to the Supervisor of Elections, or to a secure dropbox at one of the early voting sites in your county. Select your county to find the early voting dates, hours and locations in your area.
If you change your mind and decide to vote in person at the polls, bring the vote-by-mail ballot with you (marked or not). The vote-by-mail ballot will be canceled and you will be able to vote a regular ballot at the polls. If you go to the polls without the vote-by-mail ballot, you can vote a regular ballot only if the supervisor of elections’ office can confirm that it has not received your vote-by-mail ballot.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
Donald Trump is actively trying to slow down mail service and interfere with your ability to receive and return a vote-by-mail ballot. Here is our advice to make sure your vote counts in 2020:
- When you receive your ballot, fill it out IMMEDIATELY and hand deliver it to your Supervisor of Elections office.
- Mail it back at least 2 weeks prior to the election, so it has plenty of time to reach your County Election Supervisor.
- Hand deliver your ballot to a secure ballot dropbox during the Early Voting period. Select your county to find your early voting dates and locations.
- If you change your mind and decide to vote in person, take your vote-by-mail ballot with you so you can prove you haven’t mailed it in already, and so they they won’t make you fill out a provisional ballot.
Get Paid To Be a Poll Worker
COVID-19 isn’t going away; in fact in many parts of Florida it’s getting worse. Our elderly population is most vulnerable to COVID, but they are also the ones who regularly volunteer as Election Day poll workers.
If you’re young and healthy, we strongly urge you to volunteer this year as a poll worker and take the pressure off those most at risk in this pandemic. You’ll be paid for training and for the day you work.
General Information: https://www.votedesoto.com/m/Poll-Workers
To Apply: Call 863-993-4871 and ask about being a poll worker, or stop by the office at 201 East Oak Street in Arcadia, FL and fill out an application.