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Elections Office sending out ‘Vote by Mail’ forms

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Registered voters in Osceola County will soon be receiving a mailer from the Supervisor of Elections Office that can make voting in next year’s three elections a lot easier.
A Vote by Mail request form was mailed Tuesday to all registered voters who do not already have a request to receive their ballot by mail on file with the office.
“Voting by Mail really is the easiest way to vote. You can vote from the comfort of your own home,’’ said Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington. “I am fond of saying there is never a line at your kitchen table. It also allows you to have the time to do some research on the candidates or to phone a friend and talk to them about the choices. You can’t do that at a polling site.’’
Currently, there are 24,638 voters who have Vote by Mail requests, formerly called absentee ballots,  on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. There are currently 170,000 registered voters in Osceola County.
“We would like to see the number of Vote by Mail requests get to 50,000. Voting by Mail is not only the most convenient way; it is also the most cost efficient way to vote. We can mail out your ballot and get it back in our office at a cost of slightly more than $2,’’ Arrington said. “We are expecting at least 150,000 people at the polls next year. We are anticipating lines at some of the larger polling locations. You can avoid the possibility of lines by filling out this form and getting it back to us.’’
The Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed a month before each election. There are three elections next year. The Presidential Preference Primary is currently set for March 15, 2016; the Primary Election is Aug. 30 and the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016.
Voters will have until 7 p.m. each election night to return their Vote by Mail ballot to the office. To make it more convenient, the return postage is paid. The voter can also drop the completed Vote by Mail ballot off at one of six drop-off locations: the five county libraries and the Elections Office.
For more information about Voting by Mail or the 2016 elections, visit the Elections Office web site at www.voteosceola.com or call the office at 407-742-6000.