Duval County Must Send Vote by Mail Applications to All Registered Voters

TALLAHASSEE- All Voting is Local Florida called on Mike Hogan, Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections, to send all registered voters vote by mail applications and aggressively expand education efforts to inform county residents how to safely participate in the August 18 primary and general election.

The letter states: “Unfortunately, Florida is ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s incumbent upon Supervisor Hogan to take the public’s health into account and preemptively send out vote by mail applications to all registered voters in Duval County.”

The letter includes a list of best practices for Supervisor Hogan, including:

  • Committing to prepay for vote by mail applications and return envelopes;
  • Quickly processing requests for vote by mail applications;
  • Establishing a multi-step signature verification process, incorporating signature verification software, to reduce the opportunity for unnecessary ballot rejections due to signature mismatches;
  • Sending vote by mail ballots out as early as possible while also processing the ballots on an ongoing basis;
  • Uniformly track the number and reasons for rejecting vote by mail applications and ballots, so officials can improve the system so no eligible voter is disenfranchised.

The full letter and list of recommendations are available here.