QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT VOTE BY MAIL WITH WALTON COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS BOBBY BEASLEY
As we move forward with the idea of Voting By Mail, we know that voters have questions they might like to ask as they consider signing up for VOTE BY MAIL. Our DWC Regional Representative, Karen McGee, asked Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley to respond to the following questions. His answers are in bold print. We hope this helps answer your questions and those of anyone you’re speaking with.
McGee: How many voters received Vote by Mail Ballots in 2018 General Election in Walton County?
Beasley: 7,742 Total.
McGee: How many of these voters returned a VBM ballot?
Beasley: 6,195 at 80% return.
McGee: How many of the ballots with issues were cured (ie. fixed and counted)?
Beasley: 12 Total
McGee: How many of the ballots with issues were not counted?
Beasley: 114 Undeliverable by UPS mail, returned to SOE Office.
McGee: Can you tell us what the issues were with the ballots and the numbers, such as
+ Envelope not signed
+ Signatures did not match
+ Received after Election Day
+ Envelope not signed – 11
+ Signatures did not match – 15
+ Received after Election Day – 86
McGee: When are Vote by Mail ballots opened and counted?
Beasley: Opened and tabulated by Canvassing Board, no results released until after 7pm on election day.
McGee: Who counts them?
Beasley: Canvassing Board using the DS-450 High Speed Scanner.
McGee: If I request an VBM ballot, can I still vote at Early Voting or on Election Day?
Beasley: Yes, if your Mail Ballot has not been returned.
McGee: Do I need to bring my VMB ballot with me to Early Voting or my polling place?
Beasley: Yes, if possible but it won’t stop you from being able to vote.
McGee: Can I check somewhere to see if I am registered for Vote by Mail?
Beasley: Yes, 24/7 on www.VoteWalton.com or registertovoteflorida.gov or call one of our offices (850) 892-8112 or (850) 622-0744.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
One of the big issues with Mail Ballots is people relocate and forward their mail to another address. US Postal Service will not forward Election Mail by law, it is returned to the Supervisor of Elections as a bad address or undeliverable.
IF A VOTER IS RELOCATING FROM THE MAIL BALLOT ADDRESS ON FILE AND HAS A MAIL BALLOT REQUEST, THEY NEED TO NOTIFY US OF THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OF THE NEW ADDRESS !!!!
Also, a lot of people will not give the correct Mail Ballot address thinking it will be forwarded by the US Postal Service.
Voters need to use a signature that matches their Voter Registration signature.
Signatures on file must match the Mail Ballot signature, DON’T USE WHAT WE CALL A “ZORRO SIGNATURE”, A SLASH OF THE PEN!