absentee ballots

Mail ballots are convenient but lack certain perks that voting in person gives voters. Namely, mail-in ballots are ten times more likely to be thrown out by county Supervisors of Elections than in-person ballots, according to a report issued last month by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

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Today is Election Day. Say you’re one of the more than 700,000 Florida voters holding a vote-by-mail ballot that needs to be turned in.

The deadline is still 7 p.m. tonight for you to turn in that ballot and have your vote be counted. So what are your options?

Federal Voting Assistance Program

In 2000, the Florida ballots of overseas service members were a key point of controversy in the Bush vs. Gore election.  Now, 16 years later, little has changed for most overseas troops, who still have to vote absentee mostly through international mail.

The Florida Democratic Party wants to extend the time for early voting in some South Florida counties. The group filed a lawsuit on Sunday.

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Election Day is just weeks away and many of us are getting “robo” calls - computer generated telephone calls - asking for our vote or trying to help get us an absentee ballot.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office was flooded with hundreds of these calls starting a few weeks ago.

“What they’re doing when a person picks up the phone, they’re saying if you’d like to have an absentee ballot punch one and the when they punch one it dials directly into our office,” said Manatee Elections Supervisor Bob Sweat.