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Ron DeSantis once had a vote thrown out by canvassing board

Then a congressman, DeSantis mailed his ballot in early. But his signature didn't match the signature on-file.
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US Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican of Florida, and candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a rally with US President Donald Trump at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - As the state prepares for a series of statewide election recounts -- and a series of lawsuits that is sure to come with it -- there's one candidate intimately familiar with the

The leader in Florida's gubernatorial race, Ron DeSantis, had his mail-in ballot for the 2016 primary election denied because the Flagler County canvassing board decided the signature he submitted on his envelope did not match the signature on his voting file.

At the time, DeSantis was a congressman, living much of the year in Washington, D.C.

Public records indicate DeSantis attempted to vote in every other recent major election, as did his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum. No other DeSantis votes have ever been rejected.

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