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Politics

As voting by mail rises, so do problems with ballots

Nearly 2 percent of absentee votes are rejected

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On the morning of the primary here in August, the local elections board met to decide which absentee ballots to count. It was not an easy job.

The board tossed out some ballots because they arrived without the signature required on the outside of the return envelope. It rejected one that said ‘‘see inside’’ where the signature should have been. And it debated what to do with ballots in which the signature on the envelope did not quite match the one in the county’s files.

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