Judge Walker Gives Voters More Time to Correct Rejected Ballots
Submitted by Nancy Smith on November 15, 2018 - 2:49pm
Florida’s ongoing vote recount was further complicated Thursday when Tallahassee U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker ruled that some 4,000 voters whose mail-in ballots were rejected due to incompatible signatures will have until Saturday to correct their ballots.
Walker's decision came just hours before the 3 p.m. Thursday recount deadline. It will effect voters who cast either mail-in or provisional ballots with signatures that did not match existing records in state databases.
While the decision will likely help further close the gap between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, who currently leads the race, it was not the total victory Nelson hoped for. Nelson’s attorneys had asked the judge to reject the signature-match requirement totally, but Walker instead ruled the requirement was applied unlawfully because voters were not given adequate opportunity to correct the error.