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More Absentee Ballot Irregularities

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

Democrats in Stuart, Fla., said it was a serious violation of election law, but Republicans said it's not a problem.

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 7 general election were sent out to the voters whose applications were worked on by the Republicans. Florida law states that only the voter, his or her immediate family members, or legal guardians can complete an absentee ballot application.

Democrats are trying to decide whether to file a suit.

"We don't know what happened with that paperwork when it was taken out of the office. We don't even know whether all of that paperwork taken out of the office was returned," said Democratic attorney Terence Noland.

Republicans said they were only trying to help voters get their ballots and that no law was broken.

"There are enough safeguards in place where I believe there was really no harm done by the act," said Republican Party official Robert Belanger.

In Sanford, Fla., Democrat Harry Jacobs sued Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Sandra Goard for allowing Republican Party representatives to fill in missing voter ID numbers on about 4,700 incomplete absentee ballot applications mailed out by the party. Jacobs says the action qualifies as ballot tampering.

The Republican representatives did the work at the Seminole supervisor of elections office. Jacobs wants the ballots based on these applications nullified and, if they cannot be identified, he has asked for all roughly 15,000 absentee ballots to be canceled. Texas Gov. George W. Bush received about two-thirds of these votes, with the balance going to Vice President Al Gore. If Jacobs prevails and the votes are nullified, Gore could win Florida's electoral votes and the presidency.

A pre-trial hearing on the Seminole County case was heard Wednesday in Tallahassee, where all the litigation involving the presidential election in Florida is being handled. The trial was set for Dec. 6.

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