Absentee ballots offer convenience, risk
Two weeks from Election Day, some Alachua County residents are requesting absentee ballots. The ballots offer a chance to vote without actually going to the polls. Something as simple as forgetting to sign the back of the envelope, however, could jeopardize an absentee ballot being counted.
Alachua County voter Meg Thomas requested to vote absentee.
“I’ll be very busy, starting from now till the end of the election cycle, so I wanted to make sure that my ballot was in, and that was one thing I didn’t have to worry about,” she said.
About one percent of absentee ballots from the 2008 election and from this year’s primaries was not accepted.
Voters can take precautions to make sure their ballots are counted, said Pam Carpenter, Alachua County’s supervisor of elections.
She said its important for voters to remember to sign the envelope when mailing in their ballots. If voters make a mistake when filling in their ballots, they should call the elections office and request a new ballot.
Absentee ballots can be requested by mail, phone, online, in-person with the supervisor, or through a written request. The ballots must be completed by Oct. 31.
Katherine Hahn wrote this story online
More Stories in Florida
The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Chadwick Banks became the 20th person executed under Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The 43-year-old was put to death after being convicted in the 1992 slaying of his wife, Cassandra Banks, as well as the rape and murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Melody Cooper. Eighty-nine people have been put to death in Florida since executions resumed in the state in 1979.
A Mount Dora pastor may have broken the Guinness World Record for the Longest Speech Marathon. The speech, which lasted over 53 hours, was used to raise money for a local cause.
Mixed martial artists Garrett “G-Money” Holeve and David “Cerebral Assasin” Steffan fought on Saturday in Sullivan, Missouri. G-Money defeated his opponent in their much anticipated bout by submission in the second round.
Garrett “G” Holeve has Down syndrome, but his condition isn’t stopping him from pursuing his passion — mixed martial arts. G will face David Steffan on Nov. 8 in a long overdue fight against the odds.