Because of a thicker ballot, the typical postage of 65 cents won’t be enough to cover this year’s absentee ballots, but Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks said regardless of what postage is included, the votes will be counted.
Weeks said she was at the post office when the postmaster pulled out a ballot with no stamps, by way of demonstration.
“The postmaster confirmed last week that even the (absentee ballot) he was looking at that had no postage was going to get back to us,” Weeks said.
All postage that isn't accounted for will be billed back to the Supervisor of Elections office.
With a presidential election taking place this year, as well as several key local races, Weeks wants to make sure all votes are counted.
But she says the public is being fed misinformation, which is causing “a lot of confusion.”
Weeks said Monday she has had a handful of voters come into her office who said they received phone calls or cards in the mail, saying they needed to go in and request an absentee ballot and vote right on the spot.
Weeks said her office didn’t make those phone calls, but that she has informed the state’s elections office so they can investigate.
“The cards are creating some chaos and panic among voters,” she said. “I don’t think there’s any reason for people to panic. This is no different than any other election, and there’s no reason to panic.”
Weeks said there are 68,993 registered voters in Flagler County as of Sept. 30. Approximately 9,000 absentee ballots were sent out. So far, she has received 2,000 back to her office.
General election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W., and at the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Office, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2, Suite 101, Bunnell.
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