ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Several Pinellas County voters told News Channel 8 they never received their vote-by-mail ballots.
Linda Garrabrant waited for weeks for her mail-in ballot, but it never came. “I called because I had not received my ballot and other neighbors had and I’m like, ‘Well, where’s mine?’” Garrabrant told News Channel 8.
She was sent a replacement ballot from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, but with concerns of voter fraud, she wanted to be sure no one else could use her missing ballot to vote.
Garrabrant is not the only voter that’s worried. Election officials said they have a system in place to make sure your vote counts.
First they verify your signature.
“That’s why we stress that’s important for voters to stay consistent with their signature, have a nice legal signature on all your official election documents, including voter registration application and mail ballot return envelope, cause that’s what we’re comparing,” Supervisor of Elections Office Spokesman Jason Latimer said.
Your ballot is specifically bar coded to you. “Once that ballot comes back to us, our system marks, voter A has voted. If voter A tries to return a second ballot, then we’re notified, voter A has already voted; this ballot should be discarded,” Latimer explained.
If you still have doubts, you can surrender your mail-in ballot and vote in person.
Either way, you’ll receive notification you voted. “They will receive verification that they have in fact voted by mail, during early voting or in person,” Latimer said.