Ballot Bulletin

Thousands of voters around Florida are taking advantage of a new law that allows early voting and mail-in, or absentee voting, 15 days before an election.

Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho suspects some of the interest is motivated by fear of new touch screen voting machines.

"Many people are requesting an absentee ballot because in fact it is a paper ballot, it can be re-counted and it is verifiable,” says Sancho.

Only 15 counties use the touch screens, but voting rights groups say Florida’s recent history alone is enough to make many voters take advantage of early voting or mail-in ballots.

Reggie Mitchell is with People for the American Way and says, "There’s just been a litany of problems and revelations about issues with glitches and issues with problems and issues with whether or not there’s deliberate attempts to disenfranchise, and so folks are concerned. They want to make sure their vote counts.”

Elections spokeswoman Jenny Nash won’t go so far as to recommend the methods for nervous voters in touch screen counties, but she wants people to know they have choices.

"We are 100 percent confident in the voting technology which is the best technology available today.”

Again, absentee voting, early voting and voting at the polls are three options for the voter.

People who want to vote by mail have until this Wednesday to request a ballot if they’re out of town. The deadline is Friday to request a mail-in ballot if you’re in town.

Voting officials are hoping for a problem-free primary, the dress rehearsal for what’s likely the most anticipated election in U.S. history.


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