With the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent in the United States, many have opted for mail-in ballots for the upcoming November 3rd elections. Many voters have expressed concern for the validity of these ballots, but Miami Dade is taking measures to make sure these votes are protected. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle mentioned that there are over half a million mail-in ballots being sent out to voters in Miami Dade for this election.
To maintain the integrity of the mail-in ballots votes the following rules have been set in place:
- Pick up, complete and return your own ballot.
- If you require assistance, do not allow anyone except a family member or a trusted friend help you fill out your ballot.
- Do not give your mail-in ballot to a stranger.
- Please report any suspicious call or irregularity to the State Attorney’s Office’s Voter Protection Hotline at 305-547-3300.
Voters must keep in mind that it is a misdemeanor crime to pick up or return more than two (2) absentee ballots other than your own per election. Violators face a possible $1,000 fine or up to 60 days in jail. To avoid confusion, familiarize yourself with the laws before handling someone else’s ballot or allowing someone else to handle your ballot.
Voting is a privilege. Amid the pandemic currently taking place, it is important for all citizens to be able to cast their ballots. This is why the mail-in ballots has become such a popular phenomenon for this election. No person should be put in danger to exercise their civic responsibility.
The State Attorney’s Office has a hotline to assist anyone with questions regarding their mail-in ballots. The hotline number is 305-547-3300.
If you would like to request a mail-in ballots, additional information can be found on the Florida Department of State website.