Miami – Hundreds of voters in Florida, where early voting begins next Monday, have denounced that the official envelopes to return the ballot by mail to the electoral authorities are arriving already sealed.
The complaints have been filed in Leon County, in northwest Florida, with a large majority of registered voters Democrats (116,374), which is double that of Republicans (57.826), according to data from the electoral authority of that county.
Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley noted that they have received “hundreds of phone calls” reporting the matter and that probably some people have had the same problem and not reported it.
He stressed that considering that 80,000 ballots have been sent for voting by mail, the situation “is not horrible, but it is certainly not insignificant.”
Early explained that the ballots have been “exposed to moisture” in the office’s processing facility or when they were delivered to voters, who he urged to request a new one.
Voting by mail in Florida has been massive, with more than 2.4 million ballots returned as of Saturday, out of a total of 3.3 million sent by electoral authorities.
María Simpler, a Colombian who became a citizen in the United States, pointed out that in ten years that she has been voting, she has never received a sealed ballot or with a torn barcode, as other voters have denounced.
Simpler said it “is problematic, given President Donald Trump’s criticism of voting by mail,” as reported by the public radio station WFSU of Florida State University in Tallahassee, the state capital, and seat of government of Republican Ron DeSantis. .
Trump has insisted for months and without presenting evidence that voting by mail lends itself to fraud in several states, although he himself has voted by this system in Florida, his official residence.
“It seems that there is some kind of conspiracy to reduce the number of votes by mail as much as possible,” lamented the Hispanic.
With more than 350,000 Latinos registered on the electoral roll this year, these immigrants are now 17% of all registered voters in Florida, out of a total of about 14 million as of last August.
Florida, a crucial state for the November presidential election that can either give Democrat Joe Biden victory or re-elect Republican Trump, with the contribution of 29 of the 270 electoral votes that are required to win.
The Florida Division of Elections, a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by just 180,000 registered voters, sent a total of 3,336,987 ballots.
17 days before the presidential elections on November 3, Florida already surpassed 2.4 million votes returned by mail today (2,413,292), mostly Democrats (1,185,892), followed by Republicans (726,797), independents (472,536) and other minor parties (28,067).