Thousands of Volusia County mail-in ballots returned as undeliverable

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Thousands of Volusia County mail-in ballots in the Aug. 26 primary election have been returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service.

“In the primary, we have a little over three thousand, so far,” Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall told News 13 reporter Saul Saenz. “And there isn’t that much of a turnout in the primaries. So we’re going through each and every one of the 3,000 we’ve gotten undeliverable and make sure they truly are.”

Nearly 3,500 absentee ballots were undeliverable as of the end of business Monday.

Undeliverable ballots could be because people moved out of the county or just from their homes. This leaves elections officials trying to reach eligible voters for an address change so they can vote in the August primary.

McFall admits it is a formidable task.

“And it’s zeroed in on DeLand and Daytona, which are two transient areas in Volusia County,” she added.

Elections workers are currently preparing reports for the canvassing board, to present at its Monday, August 11 meeting, when they will get further instructions.

“Now by law we don’t have to contact any of these people,” McFall said. “But to me every vote truly does count,”

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