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Registration Backlog Growing

September 25th, 2008 by flanews

Floridas Division of Elections is receiving more voter registration applications than it can handle. The states hired extra staff and called on county election supervisors to help process the forms. As Whitney Ray tells us, the clock is ticking to get all the applications processed before early voting begins.

Hear it Here: State Cant Keep Up With New Voter Registration Applications, Asking Counties for Help

Floridas Division of Elections received 25,000 voter registration forms on Monday and Tuesday alone. If one countys experience is correct, 250 of these applications will be bounced because they dont match a state data base.

There are some that have been sent back for notice, but until we get closer to the election, we wont know how many of them have been resolved, said Secretary of State Spokeswoman Jennifer Davis.

Twenty-five extra people were hired to keep up with all of the applications, and they are still falling behind, so county election supervisors are being asked to pitch in. Some of the applications are stuffed into 67 boxes labeled by county.

With time being such an important factor, the boxes are shipped to the counties as soon as theyre filled. Some election supervisors say the state is simply passing the buck.

This is perfectly predictable, but apparently the state did not see this onslaught coming. So theres 68 sites that are slammed with voter registrations, said Ion Sancho, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections

Because of the No Match law mandating applications be checked against a state database, processing the applications has slowed.

Micha Nixon just registered to vote. Fearing a typo while entering her drivers license number could keep her vote from counting, she took extra time filling out her form. Whether or not Michas application goes through the process without problems waits to be seen.

If the drivers license number or social security number on a voter registration application is wrong, election supervisors will send a letter to the applicant asking them to verify the number.

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