NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County supervisor of elections is encouraging voters to use the vote-by-mail option in light of the potential continuation of social distancing measures due to COVID-19.

Elections Supervisor Brian Corley said that given those mandates to reduce the spread of the virus could continue through the remainder of the 2020 election cycle, he encourages voters to take advantage of the mail option.

“Florida voters have had the option for no-excuse voting by mail and utilization has increased exponentially since its inception,” Corley said.

He said residents can request a ballot by visiting PascoVotes.gov, calling 1-800-851-8754, or mailing a handwritten request to Brian E. Corley, P.O. Box 300, Dade City, FL 33526-0300. Handwritten requests must include a date of birth and signature.

“Over the last several election cycles, we have experienced an increase in the numbers of Pasco voters who use the vote-by-mail option,” Corley said. “It’s safe, fast and can be done at your convenience in the comfort of your home.”

He noted voters who use the mail option can track the status of their mail ballot at PascoVotes.gov with the option to receive text or email updates.

Those who have never used the mail option and are concerned their signature may not match what has been on file for years at the elections office can apply for a signature update before voting.

Applications are available online at PascoVotes.gov or by calling 1-800-851-8754.

Corley said requests for vote-by-mail are accepted daily and can be made for up to two election cycles.

Ballots are mailed approximately 40 days before any election and, by Florida law, are due back in to the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.