Democrats drop lawsuit against Volusia County supervisor of elections

Elections supervisor releases provisional ballots list

DeLAND, Fla. – The Florida Democratic Party dropped its lawsuit against Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis the day after the group asked for a list of provisional ballots and said she refused.

The group was asking for a court order to make Lewis provide the list. An emergency hearing was set Friday for 3 p.m. at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand, but Lewis turned over the records request an hour before the hearing.

Lewis said she originally declined the request to protect voters' rights.

"I do feel like it is a voter's right to a secret ballot," Lewis said. "I did not feel like it should have been released. I still don't. I don't think it is public record for all people."

Lewis explained why she thinks releasing the provisional ballot list would reveal for whom a person voted.
"When it's accepted and the provisional ballots are tabulated, they are tabulated under their own column. So therefore, when you go down and you see in precinct, let's just say 101, there's one provisional ballot that was accepted, you know who that person is, you're going to know how they voted." Lewis said.

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