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Judge orders Florida to give voters chance to fix mail-in ballots

Florida Democratic Party sued over signature issue

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal judge is ordering the state of Florida to give voters a chance to make sure their vote-by-mail ballots are counted.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled late Sunday that county elections offices should notify voters if their signatures on a vote-by-mail ballot and their voter registration forms don't match. Voters would then be given a chance to fix the problem by 5 p.m. Nov. 7.

The Florida Democratic Party sued the state because voters who don't sign their vote-by-mail ballots are given a chance to fix it. But voters whose signatures don't match aren't told about the problem until after the election is over.

Meredith Beatrice, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner, said state officials are reviewing the decision.