ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The ABC Action News I team is uncovering additional cases of postal ballot papers delivered to the wrong address and reminding voters what to do if they are it happens to you.
Last week we reported a reception from a Pasco County election worker Someone else’s postal vote.
He said that when he told the Post he would send them back to the polling station, a US Postal Service agent threatened him with arrest.
This week, a Pinellas County bystander contacted us about two more mishaps when voting.
In both cases, postal ballot papers were delivered to single-family homes several miles away for voters who lived in apartments.
“I think it was last week this came up,” said Jessica Rayburn, holding up a ballot that was addressed to someone who does not live with her.
She says it wasn’t entirely unexpected. A few weeks ago, the same person’s voter registration card was mistakenly delivered to Rayburn’s home.
“We got the voter ID and obviously realized that no one was in the house. So we started correspondence with the polling officer. I never heard back,” Rayburn said.
Rayburn said another household member sent a handwritten note to the manager’s office instead of forwarding the voter’s registration card.
Pinellas County Election Officer Dustin Chase said the office had no record of the correspondence. If the polling station had received the returned mail, they would have found that it was wrong in the system.
Chase said the supervisor’s office mistakenly changed the voter’s address to a St. Petersburg address instead of St. Pete Beach as intended by the voter.
Rayburn says shortly after receiving the misdirected ballot, she visited a friend who also received a ballot that was delivered to the wrong address.
The ballot was delivered to a house on Snell Island, but to an apartment on Gandy Blvd. directed that was more than seven miles away.
“The number is completely different. The street name is completely different. There is also an apartment number here. This is a structured home with no units attached. It’s all about it. How did this happen? “Asked Rayburn.” Thank god it got into good hands and someone who wanted to do the right thing. “
Rayburn forwarded both ballots to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections.
This is what election officials say if you receive the wrong ballot, you should do it immediately. If you add security features like signature matching, ensure that the ballot papers are only counted by the intended voter.
According to election officials, very few of the more than 370,000 postal votes cast in Pinellas County had problems.
But Rayburn is not convinced.
“Although there are certain levels of protection, what are the levels of protection?” Rayburn said.
We notified a United States Postal Service spokesman and he said his office was looking into how the ballot was delivered to the wrong address.
“Despite our best efforts, mail is occasionally mis-delivered or delivered to an old location for one person, ” David Walton, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, wrote in a statement. “When a customer receives election mail or a ballot for the previous resident, they should drop the mail piece into a collection box or other mail container or place the envelope in their outgoing mail area labeled” Not at this address. “
Election officials say both voters whose ballots are lost in the mail will receive new postal ballots.
Check your ballot
If you’ve requested a vote by email but haven’t received it yet, you can check the status of your vote on your local election officer’s website.
Here is a link to these pages from the Florida Department of State, which oversees the elections.
If you’ve already voted by email, you can track your ballot to see when your election officer got it.
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