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Florida Rejects Many Overseas Absentee Ballots

Friday, 17 November 2000 12:00 AM

Americans overseas who wanted to vote absentee were required to request a ballot in writing with their state's supervisor of elections office. Before mailing the ballot, its special mailing envelope had to be signed and dated by the voter no later than Nov. 7, and that signature had to be witnessed. Finally, the envelope had to be postmarked no later than Nov. 7, Election Day, and received by midnight Friday.

Overseas absentee ballots received by Election Day were counted then and have already been included in Florida's totals. These ballots must be counted by hand because they are not machine readable.

In Volusia County, the canvassing board will count only 24 ballots and have thrown out 41. In Jacksonville, Duval County officials will count about 500 and have rejected 107, while in Seminole County about 60 of the 230 ballots have been thrown out.

Some envelopes had no postmarks, so the mailing date could not be determined. Other ballots were obtained at U.S. embassies, but no ballot request was filed with the county. In some cases, the voter had come home and had already voted in person.

Workers at the U.S. Postal Service's airmail center near Miami International Airport have been working overtime to find these ballots and pull them out of the mail. They are then sorted, airmailed to regional mail centers, taken to local post offices, and delivered to the supervisor of elections office. How many have been received here is unknown.

Although the overseas absentee ballots must be certified by Saturday, different counties are starting the counting process at different times.

In Seminole County, they had planned to begin Friday morning, but the count had not started as of noon because of controversies over which ballots qualified for counting.

The ballots must remain in their envelopes until they are determined to have met all the requirements.

The Democrat Party wanted to compare all of the signatures on the ballot envelopes with the signatures on the applications for these ballots but was told by the canvassing board that it could check only a random sample.

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