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Robert D. Bender
Escambia County
Supervisor of Elections

2,300+ Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters on the Way - Not All Voters are Eligible in Primary

Supervisor of Elections Robert D. Bender announced that the first vote-by-mail ballots for the August 20, 2024, Primary Election are being sent to military and overseas voters today. The mailing of domestic civilian ballots will begin next week to those who have vote-by-mail request.  Federal and state laws require military and overseas ballots be sent no later than 45 days prior to an election. Florida law establishes a window for mailing civilian ballots between 40 and 33 days prior to election day.

However, not all registered voters in Escambia County are eligible to receive a ballot in the primary election, as a result of Florida’s closed primary system and Escambia County’s single-member districts. This impacts nearly 9,500 of Escambia County’s 206,000 registered voters in the primary election.

All registered Republican and Democratic voters are eligible in at least one contest due to the primary for U.S. Senate. Registered No Party Affiliation voters, and minor party voters in some but not all precincts are eligible to vote, depending on the district in which they are registered.

Voters in the following County Commission District 2 precincts with No Party Affiliation or registered in a minor party do not have any contests in which they are eligible to vote in the primary, and as a result will not be issued a ballot:

  • 1, 3, 15, 24, 32, 54, 61, 67, 71, 75, 77, 80, 82, 83, 99, and 104

Any Florida voter can choose to vote by mail. Due to a change in Florida law, you must renew your vote-by-mail request each elections cycle. If you have not already made a request and wish to receive your ballot in the mail, visit or call us at (850) 595-3900. The request deadline is August 8.

The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation before the August 20 Primary Election is July 22. Visit for more information. A sample ballot will be mailed to all registered voters who have not requested a vote-by-mail ballot prior to the start of early voting and will be posted at Voters with questions about their eligibility should call (850) 595-3900 or visit for more information.

Early Voting will begin on August 10 and run through August 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at 10 area locations. Visit for a complete list of locations and their addresses.

For more information, call the Supervisor of Elections office at (850) 595-3900 or visit


Published on July 03, 2024
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