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Mail in Revote Raises More Questions Than Answers

March 14th, 2008 by flanews

State Democrats are waiting on a decision from their National Committee chairman and both presidential hopefuls on whether to proceed with a mail in election. But as Whitney Ray tells us, the plan for a mail in redo raises more question than it answers.

Never in Floridas history has a statewide election been held through the mail. The US Postal service all but guarantees ballot security.

We have the postal inspection service and inspectors uphold specific statues for covering aimed at securing the mail, said Marlena Hopkins, US Postal Service.

The postal service has stricter regulations for political mail. Its marked with a red or green tag and logged at almost every stop. One problem with a mail in redo would be finding all the registered voters. Election supervisors say at any given time 20 percent of registered votes havent updated their addresses.

Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho says if a ballot is sent to the wrong address, whomever receives the mail could cast a vote, registered democrat or otherwise. Sancho supervised a 2005 citywide mail in election.

Its simply not an idea that can go forward this time. You dont want to do an election at the last second without anticipating that there would be a myriad of problems, said Sancho.

They would also need the Secretary of States office to verify voters signatures. The Secretary of States Office says theyre hands are tied.

Theres no law that would give the secretary or the supervisors the authority to verify those signatures, so we would have to work through some legal hurdles, said Sterling Ivey a Spokesperson with the Secretary of States Office.

Governor Charlie Crist wants the delegates seated based on the January 29th results, but he says if the mail-in redo is held, he would offer his support. State Democrats expect to have an answer from the Democratic Nation Committee Monday, about whether or not they would uphold a Mail in Redo to seat Floridas delegates.

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