The Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office mailed out 154,528 civilian-domestic vote-by-mail ballots on schedule Friday despite the bad weather.
The office asks voters to keep in mind that several United States Postal Service processing plants and distribution centers in Florida closed at noon Thursday due to Hurricane Matthew and will not reopen until 8 a.m. Saturday. Additionally, Monday, Oct. 10 is Columbus Day, a USPS holiday. For these reasons, voters may experience a delay in receiving their vote-by-mail ballots, elections officials said adding a reasonable wait time for Lee County voters to expect their ballots from the Friday mailing is Monday, Oct. 17.
There is still time to request to vote-by-mail. Voters may call 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533-8683), email requests email@example.com or visit www.lee.vote. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Voted ballots must be physically returned (not just postmarked) to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8. Any vote-by-mail ballot delivered to Main Office after 7 p.m., Election Day will be accepted but cannot be tabulated.
Voters who want to hand-deliver his or her vote by mail ballot, the following is available:
Bonita Springs Branch Office (at Bonita Commons 25987 S. Tamiami Trail #105) will accept vote-by-mail ballots until 3 p.m., ELECTION DAY.
Cape Coral Branch Office (at Lee County Government Center 1039 SE 9th Ave.) will accept vote-by-mail ballots until 3 p.m., ELECTION DAY.
Election Center (across the street from Bell Tower Shops and behind Robb & Stucky 13180 S. Cleveland Ave.) will accept vote-by-mail ballots until 5 p.m., ELECTION DAY.
Main Office (Constitutional Complex 2480 Thompson St., 3rd Floor) vote-by-mail ballots must be delivered prior to 7 p.m., ELECTION DAY (no exceptions).
For more information about elections, candidates, voter registration, early voting, vote-by-mail requests, precinct locations, poll workers, and outreach events, please visit our website www.lee.vote or call LEE VOTE (533-8683).
Source: Lee County Supervisor of Elections