Images revealed by a Florida newspaper present quite a few containers containing uncounted mail-in ballots at a distribution centre in Opa-locka, Miami-Dade County, studies mentioned Friday.
The Miami New Instances quoted unnamed sources saying tons of of ballots may nonetheless be inside that centre, uncounted after the midterm elections that occurred on Tuesday.
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They spoke as activists held an illustration exterior each the distribution centre and the Miami-Dade County Elections Division in an effort to boost consciousness concerning the ballots.
Elections Division spokesperson Suzy Trutie instructed the newspaper that the division knew about these ballots however didn’t have extra to say about them.
She instructed the New Instances any ballots that hadn’t been delivered to the Miami-Dade County Elections Division earlier than 7 p.m. Tuesday couldn’t be counted.
In the meantime, the USA Postal Service (USPS) instructed the Miami Herald that it’s investigating the ballots to make sure that all have been “dealt with in accordance to USPS requirements.”
Spokesperson Debra Fetterly mentioned the postal service doesn’t have any info to recommend the ballots have been dealt with improperly earlier than being delivered to election officers.
Frederica Wilson, Home consultant for the district that features Opa-locka, mentioned she was knowledgeable by the USPS that the ballots have been postmarked after election day and due to this fact couldn’t be counted.
The mail facility in Opa-locka additionally confronted an evacuation in October after pipe bombs handed by way of the distribution centre.
Cesar Sayoc has been charged in reference to a sequence of pipe bombs mailed to critics of U.S. President Donald Trump, together with former president Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and different Democratic occasion members.
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The photographs have been revealed as election outcomes have come beneath query within the state, the place Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation of election workplaces in Broward and Palm Seaside counties, areas that often elect Democrats.
Officers there have been accused of failing to make outcomes official, as they allegedly regarded for ballots that might assist safe the outcomes they needed.
Scott, who was simply elected senator over veteran Invoice Nelson, additionally filed a lawsuit ordering the supervisor of elections in Broward County to provide data displaying how ballots have been collected and counted.
Scott’s victory, nonetheless, could possibly be despatched to a recount, as may Ron DeSantis’ victory over Andrew Gillum within the race for governor.
—With recordsdata from the Related Press
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