EbeneMagazine – CA – The disparity in the refusals of postal votes could play a role in the elections


Mail-in ballots are pouring into Florida polling stations, but how many mail-in votes will end up being rejected?

Experts say that across Florida there is a big difference in rejection rates for postal voting, and data shows South Florida is almost in the lead when it comes to voting by post. ‘acts to reject these bulletins

As of Friday in Miami-Dade and Broward, 633,000 of the postal votes had already returned Election clerks were trying to stay ahead of the onslaught of mail in ballots

Pinellas County is one of the places state election teams seek advice Fewer voters see their ballots rejected there than nearly all of Pinellas State’s 67 counties takes in West Tampa and with a population of one million, it started ten ago years pushing the vote by mail

Julie Marcus is the election supervisor in Pinellas, where 400,000 voters have applied to vote by mail for this election

« Of course, we didn’t know we were preparing for a pandemic when voters chose to vote by mail, » Marcus said on a Zoom call

« Even though our rejection rates are very low, having to reject a ballot, you know we don’t want that, » Marcus said

Data from a University of Florida study examining the 2018 election showed rejection rates for Broward at 27%, Monroe at 2 years 6%, Miami-Dade at 2 years 3%, and Pinellas well at below

Marcus said he did this by constantly trying to make mail voting easy to understand

« So if you are going to vote by mail, what are the deadlines? » What are the signing requirements? How do you correctly mark your ballot? So there are all these different things that you want to make sure you let voters know if you choose to vote by mail, ”said Marcus“ When we create our envelopes before each election, we re-evaluate how can we make that more. easy, what can we do to make it very clear that the voter has to sign « 

Miami-Dade League of Women Voters said South Florida’s makeup makes it harder to get rejection rates this low

“There are so many demographic differences that can explain this,” said President Monica Skoko-Rodriguez “We know that first-time voters have a harder time living and are sadly rejected Miami Dade is a county younger and it is also the Mecca of immigration « 

“So whatever we can do to resolve a situation We would contact voters by phone We would email voters if we had this information You can now cure this ballot,” Marcus said. Florida law « 

Miami-Dade managed to reduce its rejection rate in the August primaries to 14% If those numbers hold true for South Florida, around 20,000 votes could be rejected In 2018, the race between Sen Bill Nelson and Rick Scott were decided by 10,000 votes and it was statewide

The 2018 study also found that minorities, new voters and military voters were more frequently rejected by mail votes

Miami, Miami-Dade County

EbeneMagazine – CA – Disparity in postal vote refusals could play a role in elections

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