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About 150 Florida Hurricane Victims Voted By Email. That’s Not Allowed.

News Herald/AP via Miami Herald
Voters enter the supervisor of elections office mega voting site in Panama City, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. As Panama City recovers from Hurricane Michael, voters in Bay county were allowed to vote at any mega voting sites across the county.

After Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October, the top elections official in Bay County allowed about 150 displaced voters to cast ballots by email, even though there is no provision that allows for it in state law.

Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen defended that decision vigorously Monday, noting the mass devastation that rocked the coastal county one month ago.

“You did not go through what we went through,” he said, describing areas that were shut off by law enforcement and people barred from returning to their homes. “If some are unhappy we did so well up here, I don’t know what to tell them. We sure had an opportunity to not do well, I can tell you that much.”

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald