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New Forms Used to Cure Votes Cause Confusion at Supervisors of Elections’ Offices Hours Before Deadline


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Orange County Democratic Party chairman Wes Hodge applauded the Orange County Canvassing Board’s decision to accept ballots cured with both forms. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Orange County Democratic Party chairman Wes Hodge applauded the Orange County Canvassing Board’s decision to accept ballots cured with both forms. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Florida voters whose mail-in ballots were rejected because of signature problems had the chance to fix those ballots over the weekend.

Secretary of State, Ken Detzner released a new affidavit form to cure vote-by-mail ballots with mismatched signatures.

The canvassing boards decided whether to accept both versions of the form only hours before the deadline.

The Orange County Canvassing Board ultimately decided to accept vote-by-mail ballots with mismatched signatures that had been cured with either of two affidavit forms. Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles says other supervisors of elections he spoke to did not.

“And that’s the uniqueness of the 67 counties having 67 different canvassing boards. And no real specific directive either in Judge Walker’s ruling or from the Secretary of State or Divisions of Elections for uniformity in this case.”

Orange County Democratic Party chairman Wes Hodge applauded the Orange County Canvassing Board’s decision to accept ballots cured with both forms.

But he was worried other counties would only accept ballots cured with the newer form.

“This is a further way to disenfranchise voters of their voice. So we’re asking Governor Scott to issue a directive to the Secretary of State to allow all of the forms whether they’re new or old to be counted.”

 The deadline for the hand recount in the Senate and agriculture commissioner races in the state was Sunday.

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