Absentee Ballot Memo

With the gubernatorial election less than a year away, another fight is ramping up with the Secretary of State and Supervisors of Election.

Ion Sancho, the Leon County Supervisors of Elections, siad “The directive’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”

In a memo sent by Secretary of State Ken Detzner, supervisors of elections are being told not accept any absentee ballots not turned in to a supervisor’s office. The supervisor’s Attorney says the battle may have to be settled in court.

Ron Labasky, the Supervisors of Elections Attorney, said, “If you have a major difference of opinion about how a law is to be construed, there are the courts.”

We reached out to the Secretary of State, who works for the Governor, several times. They refused to respond to my requests.

In 2012, several hundred thousand Floridians used drop off locations.

“It is something that we’ve found to be very popular with the voters in the areas it’s done,” said Labasky.

Leon County Supervisor Ion Sancho says he will continue following Florida law, not the memo sent out by Detzner.

“I think Secretary of State Ken Detzner is taking too many cues from the governor. And quite frankly he needs to listen to the citizens whom he’s supposed to serve,” said Sancho.

The Pinellas County supervisor is also ignoring the directive. Pinellas County is preparing for a special election to replace recently deceased Representative Bill Young. Supervisors using the drop offs remain confident they following state law.

“We have statutes that are passed by the Florida legislature, which we’re required to follow,” said Sancho.

Labasky says the drops off locations for absentee ballots are secure.

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