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In Pinellas, 300 rejected absentees and counting



Absentee voters: Be careful out there!

Pinellas County has so far canvassed -- counted -- more than 166,000 absentee or mail ballots.

Of that total, the three-member county canvassing board had rejected 300 (through the close of business Wednesday), mostly because of problems with the voters' signatures. Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark provided this chart to The Buzz which reflects the many different types of problems that can result in an absentee ballot being invalidated.

The percentage of rejected absentees in Pinellas is extremely small -- less than .002 percent -- but these are real people who took the time to request absentee ballots, only to make sloppy mistakes such as forgetting to sign the certificate before returning it.

This review process is underway in all 67 Florida counties, and will continue through next Tuesday, Election Day.

Notice that 19 ballots in Pinellas have been discarded because the voter "moved out of county." These are voters who, if they showed up at their precincts on election day, would be required to cast a provisional ballot. 



[Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 11:50am]


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