Elections Officials To Replace Vote-By-Mail Ballots Ruined By Matthew

By on October 17, 2016 in WNDB News

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Volusia County, FL – The Office of Elections has been receiving calls that ballots and return envelopes were ruined by water during Hurricane Matthew, so officials are urging anyone affected to report it so a new ballot or return envelope can be sent out.

“We’ve mailed out over 80,000 vote-by-mail ballots and of course the mass mailing hit 3 days before the hurricane came,” said Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis. “So we’ve had a lot of calls about people’s ballots either being wet or their return envelopes were sealed shut. So I’m asking anybody, that if this has happened please call our office, please email at votebymail@volusia.org, and we’ll send out a replacement ballot or a replacement envelope. We just need to know. And it didn’t affect everybody. It’s kind of sporadic what areas it affected, but anyone who needs one, please don’t hesitate to call us and let us know.”

It’s also important to note that Tuesday, October 18 is the deadline to register to vote. The Office of Elections will be open until 7 PM.

Also, Monday was the Office of Election’s public logic and accuracy test. 10 randomly selected units that will be used on election day, 10 polling locations, 1 early voting unit, and vote-by-mail equipment were all tested. And “everything came out perfect,” according to Lewis, who said she was “very, very happy.”

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2016.

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