Bay County - Local voters were supposed to begin receiving absentee ballots earlier this week. But the Bay County Supervisor of Elections had to delay the mailings because of a glitch in the state's voter database.
All the counties voter information goes into a single database in Tallahassee. But a computer systems error corrupted some of the voters' addresses.
Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen decided to delay mailing ballots the past couple days because he cannot be sure that the addresses in the system are correct. Friday, Andersen said relying on a single system, is stressful because malfunctions keep him from doing his job until its repaired. His workers were already preparing for early voting to begin next week, and this delay has created more work.
"We're supposed to be checking manually, visually, every single name, every single address, every single process, which we normally would not be doing that," Andersen said.
That means checking the information for 109,000 registered voters in Bay County. Andersen's concerned about potential problems he will face if the same type of malfunction occurs next week during early voting.