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Polk, Sarasota Mail Incomplete Absentee Ballots

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By Jackie Barron

Elections officials in two local counties have mailed absentee ballots to voters with races missing.

In Polk County, some 40,000 absentee ballots were mailed out without a state Supreme Court ballot question, in which people vote yes or no on keeping a sitting justice in office.

Voters who received the misprinted ballots will receive a supplemental ballot in the mail from the office of Lori Edwards, Polk County's supervisor of elections.

In Sarasota County, the elections office mailed out ballots to 69 voters in a particular North Port precinct that is split between two Florida House of Representatives districts. A Florida Senate race was left off the ballot. As of today, 40 voters had noticed the mistake and returned their ballots.

Missing from the Sarasota County ballots was the hotly contested Senate race between Democrat
Morgan Bentley and Republican Nancy Detert.

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said the elections office is mailing corrected ballots to the 69 voters. Officials will discard the original ballots and count only the corrected ones.

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