Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley addresses USPS issues, unveils new know-how to trace mail-in ballots

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Leon County voters can begin in search of mail-in ballots on their doorsteps later this week.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley mentioned about 34,000 vote-by-mail ballots will likely be despatched out this Thursday, July 11, for subsequent month’s primaries. Abroad army and civilian mail-in ballots had been despatched out final week, he mentioned.

However with so many mail ballots anticipated for this Florida major election in August, some Capital County residents have questioned if they’ll belief their poll to be delivered seamlessly.

Final month, WCTV reported on a latest audit that confirmed issues with mail operations within the capital metropolis, together with intensive points with delays. The supervisor of elections acknowledged that the problems are worrying, however mentioned he’s nonetheless assured within the USPS. His workplace can also be taking steps, together with implementing a brand new mail-tracking program, to make sure each mail-in poll makes it to the election workplace, he mentioned.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections employees members will likely be positioned at submit workplace areas earlier than 7 p.m. on election evening to ensure mail-in ballots are acquired and counted, in line with Early. Vote-by-mail ballots can also be become safe drop field areas whereas early voting websites are open from August 10 to August 18. Voters may also drop off their ballots on the Leon County Supervisor of Elections predominant workplace at Apalachee Parkway and Capital Circle Southeast.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley mentioned about 34,000 vote-by-mail ballots will likely be despatched out this Thursday, July 11, for subsequent month’s primaries. Abroad army and civilian mail-in ballots had been despatched out final week, he mentioned.(WCTV)

For these nervous about their mail-in poll, Earley mentioned voters in Leon County will be capable to observe their ballots extra intently than ever this election season.

That’s due to a brand new individualized monitoring system for mail-in ballots obtainable on the Leon County Supervisor of Elections web site. Earley mentioned program is a further layer of monitoring on prime of the standard outbound monitoring for ballots to voters’ mailboxes.

The brand new know-how implies that voters will be capable to observe their mail-in ballots from the time they hit their mailbox, to when they’re acquired by the submit workplace, to every particular person cease by the method again to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections workplace, in line with Earley.

“As soon as they put their poll within the mail, they’ll go and observe their very own poll to see its progress by the mail system till it’s acquired by my workplace,” Earley mentioned. “As soon as it’s acquired, if there’s any issues in our capacity to confirm that the poll is from that voter, say an issue with the signature, they’ll really see when it’s been tabulated.”

Voters can entry the portal for monitoring their mail-in ballots right here. Voters may also join automated notifications on the identical web page every time new info is accessible about their poll.

Monitoring will turn into obtainable when native mail-in ballots begin going out to voters this Thursday, Earley mentioned.

The supervisor of elections suggested voters to mail their ballots effectively forward of election day. He recommends permitting no less than 5 to seven days for the poll to be acquired by his workplace. Mail-in ballots have to be on the supervisor of elections workplace, or in its employees’s possession, by 7 p.m. on August 20 to be counted, he mentioned.

He additionally beneficial voters observe their ballots quickly after inserting them within the mail. Though unlikely, Earley mentioned monitoring can provide residents the time to plan to vote in individual in the event that they discover points with their mail-in poll.

“In the event you’re involved that your poll hasn’t been counted, name my workplace or observe it on-line,” Earley mentioned. “If it seems it has not, you may definitely go vote in individual.”

Finally, Earley mentioned he expects the election to go effectively.

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