MIAMI (WSVN) - Election day is less than two weeks away, and many voters have already voiced their choice through the mail.
However, some ballots may not be counted if one crucial mistake is made.
According to election officials at the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board, a wrong signature could put your vote at risk. “The ballots that we are looking at today are those ballots that the elections department has taken a preliminary position on,” said Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections Christina White. “Either the signature doesn’t match or they forgot to sign that ballot, so the Canvassing Board looks at them to determine whether or not it should be accepted.”
State law requires a signature on the outside of the envelope, but that signature must match the one the elections office has on file. It’s one of many ways voter fraud is prevented.
If the signature does not match, White said the voter will be notified. “We will be notifying you by mail,” she said. “Giving you an opportunity to fill out an affidavit. You will turn in that affidavit back to the department no later than Monday, before the election, at 5 p.m.”
Election officials said that voting by mail is on the rise with over 130,000 ballots submitted.
In Broward County, there are over 85,000 mail-in ballots submitted.
Election officials advise that you update your information every election season.
For any questions regarding the status of your absentee ballot, you can always call your county’s election’s office.