As U.S. general elections are closing in, a new voting ballot dispute has sprung up after the first wave was delivered to Florida-based voters. The great number of ballots sparked controversies and even a lawsuit, as Democrats have filed one against the Government.
The dispute and problems all stem from an apparently minor cause, one’s signature. As the voter must place his or her signature on the mail ballot envelope, quite a number of votes have been rejected based on the differences between the sample signature and the one on the envelope.
Signatures have, over time, generated other disputes that have thankfully been solved, with problems such as the signature missing altogether from the envelope. In case their voting ballot was sent unsigned, voters can now forward to their local elections office a signed affidavit that will confirm their identity and validate their vote.
But no such solution has been made available in the case of mismatching signatures. After the Florida August 30, vote was cast, mismatched signatures were the cause of hundreds of invalidated votes, with the number being believed to reach the millions mark in the case of the future November elections.
The lawsuit finds Florida’s laws of passing over the mismatches and not count them to be harmful to all the parties involved, from voters to officials, as the voting results would be inconclusive and not reflect the real numbers.
As many have pointed out, signatures can change over time as one gets older or changes his handwriting. As such, the lawsuit comes with an idea that would solve the issue similar, if not the same manner, to that of the unsigned envelopes.
As with the aforementioned problem, the solution to mismatches could come in the form of affidavits, signed by the voters whose current signatures do not correspond with their previously recorded ones. The affidavit would be sent, as is already practiced, to the county’s election supervisor and would offer a confirmation of the voter’s identity.
The solution, which seems quite unanimous and is already used in other problems, has nonetheless raised controversies. With the Democrats being the ones to point out the problem, the voting ballot dispute ignited when the competing party accused them of trying to pass the new law to the advantage of their competing member.
With the election nearing and words of possible voting frauds being thrown around, the future of the lawsuit is as yet uncertain. What do the readers believe about this new voting ballot dispute?
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