Jeff Korinko is in utter despair when he says that his 76-year-old father, Thomas, a diehard patriot, wanted to be positive he cast his vote this election. As it likely will be his last presidential election, Korinko states.
Thomas was diagnosed with liver cancer seven months ago and is standing on his last leg so to speak. His health has gone down hill so fast that last week he voted by mail. He couldn’t even physically walk or be wheeled to a voting booth.
This past week, he’s at a hospice center in Tavares, on and off morphine, and was already expected to pass away on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, when he mailed in his ballot, the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office got power hungry and determined that his now shaky, frail signature did not match his voter registration signature and decided that further verification was required.
His son stated that “This is not voter fraud. He’s a registered, lawful, Florida voter,” “This is his ballot, you have it, please count it. I was told, ‘No.'”
It’s said that every signature on the mail-in ballots are compared to the voter registration signature on file in order to prevent fraud. But Jeff, who just so happens to be an attorney, says, “To be disenfranchised in that manner, that can’t be what’s in the best interest of the law.”
A recently enacted Florida law requires a vote-by-mail affidavit be mailed to voters like Thomas. A new signature and a photo ID turned into the appropriate Elections Office by 5 p.m. the Monday before Election Day can remedy the issue.
But in this specific case, Jeff’s father is currently unable to sign the affidavit, because of his steep decline and heavily medicated state.
“I’m all cried out, cried earlier today. This was really important to my father. This was really important to my father.”
Lake County’s Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall commented that the county canvassing board will make the final decision.
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