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MATCHING CAN BE DONE AT POLLS, LAWYER SAYS

A lawyer advising Florida's county elections supervisors disagrees with the state on whether some potential voters must visit an elections office before their votes can be counted.

The state's "no match, no vote" law requires that driver's license or Social Security numbers on voter registration applications be checked against state databases. If they don't match, applicants can verify identity by showing licenses or other documents to election officials.

Ron Labasky, general counsel for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, issued an opinion Tuesday saying they can do that at their polling places on Election Day.

But Secretary of State Kurt Browning says voters must bring licenses or documents to election offices before or up to two days after the election. He says the voters should get provisional ballots, counted only if identity is verified within the two days.

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