“I call it like I see it and this could portend a very bad thing for the state of
Nelson stops short of blaming the decision on politics, though he points out that the timing of Detzner's decision is "extraordinary" because of
Pinellas County Elections Supervisor Debra Clark said she's gotten the go-ahead to allow absentee ballot drop-off sites around the county, in spite of a new state rule.
“I just felt that I needed to respond right away because next Tuesday we’re mailing 77,000 ballots and in those ballot slips - with the ballots – with the voting instructions - all of the ballot drop off sites are listed,”
Detzner wants counties to only accept absentee ballots at elections offices, not other satellite locations in hopes of avoiding fraud. Clark and others believe that will prevent a lot of people from voting.
Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer said he's not thrilled with the latest state elections directive that limits an absentee ballot drop-off locations to just elections offices.
Latimer met with Sen. Nelson who assures he'll pursue legal action to stop the rule from going into effect.
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