Updated: Nov 13
I didn't mean to hit a nerve (see email below) but these rules are confusing. I do blame DeSantis and his enablers. After DeSantis had 20 people arrested who were led to believe by a local Supervisor of Elections office that they were eligible to vote, it is the responsibility of our local Supervisor of Elections to speak out against these vague laws.
I think allowing mail-in ballot voters to vote on Tuesday if their ballot isn't shown as being counted by Tuesday is a good idea. However, is it legal?
Why isn't there an option of voting at their polling precinct rather than going through the arduous task of the "cure" if the signature is in question?
The Florida Division of Elections says: "If you decide to go to the polls to vote instead of voting by mail, you should bring the vote-by-mail ballot (marked or not) with you so that it can be cancelled at the polls. If you come to the polls without the vote-by-mail ballot, you can vote a regular ballot if the Supervisor of Elections' office can confirm that it has not received the vote-by-mail ballot. If it is confirmed that the Supervisor of Elections office has received the vote-by-mail ballot or it cannot be determined, you cannot vote a regular ballot at the polls. However, if you believe that you have not already voted, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot."
---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Hogan, Mike Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 8:57 PM Subject: Re: If someone checks and the mail in ballot hasn't been counted Tuesday morning, can they vote at their precinct polling place? Don’t write me anymore Susan I don’t want to discuss your positions about other elected officials On Nov 7, 2022, at 5:16 PM, Susan wrote: Maybe the news organizations shouldn't say that after all. DeSantis seems to like to make the laws vague so he can arrest people. It is sad that the law isn't clear. It would be better if it said:
If the vote by mail ballot isn't shown as having been counted on the morning of the last day to vote, the voter can vote in person in case their ballot was lost in the mail. BUT instead this is how the Florida statute reads: 104.17 Any person who willfully votes or attempts to vote both in person and by vote- by-mail ballot at any election is guilty of a felony of the third degree, On Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 2:47 PM Susan wrote: Thank you for the reply. I know you're busy preparing for tomorrow. I hope the news outlets encourage everyone who voted by mail to check to make sure their ballot was counted. And if it hasn't been counted by Tuesday morning, they should vote at their polling place to make sure their voice is heard. Thanks for confirming that is OK for them to do.. ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Hogan, Mike Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 2:12 PM Subject: RE: If someone checks and the mail in ballot hasn't been counted Tuesday morning, can they vote at their precinct polling place? Yes, they can and do in just about every election. Our system is programmed to only accept the first ballot from a voter and blocks all other attempts of that voter. From: Susan To: Hogan, Mike Subject: If someone checks and the mail in ballot hasn't been counted Tuesday morning, can they vote at their precinct polling place? If someone checks and their mail-in ballot hasn't been counted by Tuesday morning, can they vote at their precinct polling place even if they did mail their ballot? It doesn't say on this page: https://www.duvalelections.com/Voter-Information/Vote-By-Mail/Check-Your-Absentee-Voter-Status And the FAQ page merely says this: the voter can vote a regular ballot if the supervisor of elections' office can confirm that it has not received the voter's vote-by-mail ballot. --