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One of the most significant legal challenges filed in Florida’s ongoing recount heads to federal court today where lawyers for the Nelson for Senate campaign will challenge a state law that allows untrained election workers to throw out a ballot if they feel the signature doesn’t closely enough match that voter’s signature on file.
In several recent elections in Florida, tens of thousands of ballots were reportedly rejected because of a signature mismatch.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement today on the issue as his legal team prepares to argue the case before a federal judge in Tallahassee at 1:00 p.m.:
“Given the closeness of this election, and the fact that the courts have declared signature-matching laws unconstitutional in several states, we expect this issue to be of considerable importance here in Florida. So I ask each of you — just consider whether or not you would want your ballot thrown out by an untrained, even though well-intentioned, election worker or a volunteer, all because he or she determined that your signature doesn’t look right.
“It remains the most important goal of my campaign to make sure that every lawful vote be counted correctly in this Senate race, and that Floridians’ right to participate in this process is protected.”
Here’s a link to video of Nelson’s statement: