Last year, two Democratic state representatives battled for a Palm Beach County Senate seat, and Jeff Clemens defeated Mack Bernard by just 17 votes. But the case ended up in court, where the Bernard campaign pointed out that 40 Bernard supporters who voted by absentee ballot had their votes thrown out. The reason: They either had forgotten to sign their absentee ballot or signed in the wrong place.
Mr. Bernard’s lawsuit was tossed, and Mr. Clemens was declared the winner. There was nothing, a judge ruled, that he could do to make those ballots count. Proposals advancing in the Florida Legislature to overhaul election laws, however, seek to make it easier for voters who have signature problems on their absentee ballots to fix them and make their votes valid.
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