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Stolen absentee ballots cast in Central Florida

Victims will be allowed to vote

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – When a Central Florida couple didn't receive absentee ballots in the mail, they called the elections office to find out what was going on.

Lawrence Halperin told the Orlando Sentinel that he was stunned to learn their ballots had been stolen and already been cast.

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel said absentee ballots were stolen from five voters in three homes in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Altamonte Springs. Ertel said they were fraudulently submitted, dated Oct. 12.

Ertel said he will notify law enforcement after the election.

Meanwhile, the Halperins and other victims, including registered Republican Joy McGahey, were given new ballots.

Florida Department of State spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice said there's no indication it's a widespread issue.