PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WTSP) – With a handful of voter fraud cases found in Florida and a week to go until election day, 10News WTSP reporter Phil Buck sat down to talk voter fraud and ways to track your mail-in ballot with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Communications Director Jason Latimer.
“It’s unfortunate when you get these isolated incidents like this that cause our voters to give pause and concern to the entire election process,” said Latimer, talking about the voter fraud cases found in Miami-Dade and Seminole counties.
“There are a lot of checks and balances in place to help prevent situations like this and, like I said, it’s unfortunate when these situations happen when you’ve got so many voters around the state and around the country, these one or two little incidents have an effect on everybody.”
By law, Florida voters should be able to track their absentee ballots through county election websites.
“I think that’s a very important thing for voters to know, is that they can track their ballot. Right on our website,” added Latimer, “they can check and see when their ballot was sent from our office to their house, and then once they put that ballot back in the mail, they can see when it was received back by our office. We are checking every signature when it comes back into our office.
"You’re going to sign your mailed ballot envelope and we’re going to, by eye, verify each of those signatures on your mail ballot return envelope to see that it matches the signature that’s on your voter registration file.”