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Florida on record pace for mail ballots but voters face risks, too

Mail voters get frequent reminders to sign their ballot envelopes. This example is from Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections

Mail voters get frequent reminders to sign their ballot envelopes. This example is from Hillsborough County.

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Florida is seeing a torrid rate of requests for mail ballots from voters in the 2016 presidential election. The number of requests for mail ballots (2.6 million and growing daily) has already surpassed the 2.4 million mail ballots returned in the last presidential election in 2012. That year, 28 percent of ballots were cast by mail; the current pace suggests that figure will be easily eclipsed this year.

Election officials tout the convenience of voting by mail, but it has its risks and voters need to be careful. Thousands of ballots were rejected in the August primary because of simple paperwork mistakes made by voters, such as forgetting to sign the outside of the ballot envelope. Another problem: The voter's signature on the ballot envelope didn't match the signature on file.

By contrast, there is virtually zero chance of a ballot being rejected when a voter casts it in person, either at an early voting site or at the precinct on election day.

The full story is here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:21am]

    

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