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Pinellas: Hundreds of absentee votes won't count

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November

Nearly 40 percent of absentee ballots flagged by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections as of last week were rejected, according to public documents.

Of 1,092 absentee ballots deemed questionable, only 653 were accepted, according to an absentee ballot report updated Oct. 31. That means more than 439 absentee votes won't count.

And it is likely that more votes have since been rejected by the county's canvassing board, which has been going over ballots in recent days, according to elections spokeswoman Nancy Whitlock.

Ballots without signatures totaled 309. Another 129 were rejected because the ballots had a signature that did not match the voter's records.

A vote missing a signature is considered an invalid vote.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]

    

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