HomeMiami NewsMake your vote count: Final call for vote-by-mail ballot requests in Miami-Dade...

Make your vote count: Final call for vote-by-mail ballot requests in Miami-Dade before Presidential Preference Primary


The Miami-Dade County Elections Department issued a final call to Republican voters and all voters in South Miami and Surfside regarding the upcoming March 19th Presidential Preference Primary Election. With a critical deadline approaching, it’s essential for those wishing to vote by mail to be aware of the necessary steps and deadlines.

Deadline for Vote-by-Mail Requests

Voters interested in casting their vote by mail must submit their request by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th. This is the last opportunity to ensure participation in the March 19th election without heading to the polls in person. Voting by mail is not only convenient but also an essential option for those unable to visit their polling station on Election Day.

Check also: Important updates for Florida voters: Registration and party change deadline approaching

Important Instructions for Mail Voters

To ensure a smooth voting process, the Elections Department advises voters to pay attention to the following key points:

  • Ballot Submission: It is crucial that all mail-in ballots reach the Elections Department by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 19th.
  • Signature Verification: Voters must sign the white box on the back of the return envelope. This signature should match the one on file with the Elections Department to avoid any issues with ballot processing.
  • Return Methods: Ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at secure ballot intake stations located outside all 23 early voting locations in the county. No postage is necessary for mail-in ballots.

How to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Voters have several options to request a vote-by-mail ballot:

Party Affiliation Matters

Florida operates under a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a political party can vote in their party’s primary. For this particular election, only the Republican Party is holding a Presidential Preference Primary to select their nominee. The Florida Democratic Party has provided only one candidate, rendering a Democratic primary unnecessary. Consequently, Democrats and non-affiliated voters will not participate in the Presidential Preference Primary but are eligible to vote on municipal matters in South Miami and Surfside.

For additional details, including sample ballots and more, on the March 19th Presidential Preference Primary Election, voters are encouraged to visit the official website at www.miamidade.gov/elections or contact the department directly by calling 311.

Read more