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Return Your Vote-By-Mail Ballots For The November General Election As Soon As Possible, Broward Elections Office Urges

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Caitie Switalski
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An elections worker brings ballots into the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill, Fla. during the 2018 recounts.

Vote-by-mail ballots in Broward County get mailed overseas in about three weeks. For local voters, mail ballots will start going out Sept. 24.

So far, more than 455,500 people in Broward County have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the upcoming November general election.

In the 2016 presidential election, 291,051 vote-by-mail ballots were requested, according to the communications agency for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office. Just over 204,000 of those were returned in that election.

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The upcoming Nov. 3 election is closer than it may seem — especially because, this year, more voters are expected to vote before Election Day.

Vote-by-mail ballots will get mailed to people overseas starting Sept. 19, and to folks in Broward County starting the week of Sept. 24.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election starts Oct.19.

Those dates are just weeks away, and the elections office in Broward is urging people to think now about how they will get their ballots to the office to be counted.

But don't worry: if you haven't requested a vote-by-mail ballot yet but want to, you have until Oct. 24 to make that request.

The elections office asks that voters return their vote-by-mail ballots as soon as possible. Don't wait until election day to drop them off, if you can help it.

In a Monday news release the office stated in all caps: "RETURN BALLOTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE...!"

To bring that point home, the county announced that there will be 24 drop boxes for voters to put their ballots in around the county, if they don't want to place their trust the U.S. Postal Service.

Two of the drop boxes — located at the supervisor of elections offices, in downtown Fort Lauderdale and in Lauderhill — are 24-hour drop boxes for ballots.

The other 22 boxes will be at early voting locations and will be accessible from 7am to 7 p.m. You can find that list of early voting polling places here.