Voting By Mail? The Return Postage Will Be Paid This Year.

April 30, 2020

Voting by mail this year? The return postage will be paid.

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford announced Wednesday that due to the unprecedented nature of the 2020 election cycle, voters who wish to cast their ballot by mail will not be required to pay postage on the return of their ballot.

“While election officials across Florida are working diligently to plan for the August and November elections amid a pandemic, we recognize there is uncertainty and unease among voters. We are working with federal, state and local officials to ensure the elections will be conducted in the safest and most accessible way possible,” said Stafford.

Stafford continued, “Regardless of the environment we find ourselves in later this year, any registered voter in Escambia County can take one simple step today to ensure their voice will be heard at the polls: request a vote-by-mail ballot. In recognition of these uncertain times, return postage on vote-by-mail ballots for the 2020 primary and general elections will be covered by the elections office.”

To request a vote-by-mail ballot:

  • Complete the online form at
  • Call   (850) 595-3900
  • Send a signed, written request to: Supervisor of Elections, PO Box 12601, Pensacola, FL 32591

Voters are required to provide their date of birth and address when requesting a ballot.

Ballots are mailed to voters approximately five weeks before the election. After completing the ballot, the voter must sign and date the return envelope and return it by mail or deliver it to the elections office or an early voting site. Ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. All vote-by-mail ballots are verified prior to tabulation. Complete voter instructions are included in the vote-by-mail package.


3 Responses to “Voting By Mail? The Return Postage Will Be Paid This Year.”

  1. David Huie Green on May 1st, 2020 8:01 pm

    “I hope you all remember what happened in south Florida last presidential election”

    That was mostly incompetence — although you are probably thinking of the midterm election in 2018 — not that they don’t frequently err. They will foul up no matter what the medium or who is the candidate. (The 2000 butterfly ballots were the funniest. Democratic supervisors of election cost Democrats far more votes than the Bush/Gore margin of difference. Not that THAT would have mattered if the people of Tennessee had voted for their “favorite son”, Gore.)

    Contrast that with David Stafford: competent, caring, honest.

    David for better people

  2. TR SPORT on April 30th, 2020 9:28 pm

    My main concern voting by mail is the fact that, can we trust it ? The push for voting by mail has been pushed since this panic and I just don’t think it will be free of fraud. I hope you all remember what happened it south Florida last presidential election

  3. Anne on April 30th, 2020 7:11 pm

    Mr. Stafford, while we Appreciate your efforts on the Vote by Mail, we will be going to the polling places to cast our votes.
    Other places, not your offices, have made the news in hearing, reading about, the possible mismanagement of anything other than the marks made on paper makes us very reluctant to use anything other than casting our votes and placing them into the machine to be properly accounted for.
    We believe Strongly that ONLY a USA CITIZEN should be allowed to vote.
    Positive photo Identification must be required and produced.
    Thank you for saving us a number of stamps, we’ll save you the cost of printing and sending the mail-in-vote.
    See you and other US Citizens at the polling places.
    God Bless this United States of America.