YULEE, Fla. -- To describe the political season as being "hotly contested" is an understatement. The signs and TV commercials tell it all.
The season not only creates a sharp divide on issues, it heightens concerns about voter fraud.
"There is concerns about fraud," said Larry Haftel.
A few days ago Haftel, a federal retiree, automatically received his application for an absentee ballot.
"It just showed up," he said.
It wasn't a problem until a few days later when his Supervisor of Elections Office sent two more applications for absentee ballots, for two different people, to his address.
"Who made the decision to mail these things out when it was not done in the past?" Haftel asked.
Haftel has lived at his Nassau County address six and a half years and this is a first. He wants to know if this is an anomaly or a common occurrence.
"How many times do people like me get to vote three," he said, "if you choose to be a fraudulent signer."
If this happens more than we know, Haftel is concerned about what's being done to prevent voter fraud.
"I could easily forge their signature, send it in, get an absentee ballot, fill it out and send it in," said Haftel, "I could vote three times."
Haftel plans to return the voter information, but would like his Supervisor of Elections office be more diligent in its mail outs and the accuracy of the information in its database.
"It is amusing, but it is really not. It is concerning. It is concerning," he said.
Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon said due to new district boundaries this year, the office mailed out absentee ballot request forms with new voting information.
Unfortunately, when a person receives someone else's mail and does not return, said Cannon, it is difficult to correct the address.
As for voter fraud, Cannon said an absentee ballot signature is compared to the voter's signature on record.
If the it does not match, the ballot is referred to the Canvassing Board for consideration as to whether to reject or accept the ballot.
First Coast News