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Lee County's manual recount will be delayed, votes must be re-sorted

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 20:40:46-05

Lee County will be delayed in starting the manual recount deadline because votes must be re-sorted. 

Tommy Doyle, the Lee County Supervisor of Elections, is questioning the number of undervotes originally reported. Doyle said a step was missed in the coding of the election, because overvotes did not get separated from undervotes. Late Thursday, elections staff began the process of re-sorting an estimated 15,000 undervote ballots.

"We're going to use the machines for sorters, to sort through the ballots and get those undervotes separated," Doyle said.

Doyle said Lee County's manual recount for two key Florida races - for Agriculture Commissioner and U.S. Senate - was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday. Now, the re-sorting process will force elections staff to push back the start time for the manual recount until after the re-sorting is complete. 

"We'll meet the deadline, but it's just going to delay (the start time,)" Dolyle said.


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What is an undervote

An undervote is defined as someone not voting in all races on the ballot.

What is an overvote

An overvote is when it appears someone chose more than a single option in a race. 

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