Presidential absentee ballots drop today to 157,000+ voters

Coming to a mailbox near you: Absentee ballots for the March 15 presidential election2016primary.

Miami-Dade County Elections Department dropped more than 157,000 ABs in the mail today (Tuesday, Feb. 16) to voters with a request on file. The county encourages these people to be on the lookout for their ballot in the mail.

Ladra encourages Republicans to ignore all the also-rans that are not really in the running anymore but are still on the ballot.

Miami-Dade ballots, like most Florida ballots probably, include candidates like Chris Christie and Lindsay Graham and Carly Fiorina and Jim Gilmore — all of whom have withdrawn from the race.

In fact, there are more candidates on the ballot, at 13, than there are in real life. sixGOPcandidatesAs of right now, there are only six candidates left: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

Even though Ladra completely expects a couple more (read: Ben Carson for sure) to drop out in the next month.

Maybe even Jeb! Depends on how he does in South Carolina Saturday and Nevada Feb. 23. Because our former governor really, really doesn’t want to come in fourth in Florida.

A few reminders for those who plan to mail in their ballots. 

  • Ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Voters must sign inside the red box on the back of the return envelope.
  • Signatures must match the signatures on record.
  • Oh, and never give your ballot to anyone, unless they have been authorized as a designee under Section 12-14 of the Code of Miami-Dade County. 

“Absentee voting continues to grow in popularity with each election cycle because voters are able to research the candidates and vote from the comfort of their home,” voteMiami-Dade Elections Supervisor Christina White said in a statement.

The department will likely be mailing absentee ballots out every day as voters continue to request them. The deadline to request a ballot for the March 15 primary is 5 p.m. March 9.

Voters can request an absentee ballot on the website, by phone at (305) 499-8444, in writing or in person. Go to or call 305-499-VOTE (8683) for more information.

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