11/1/16, "Official: 5 stolen absentee ballots cast in Central Florida," fox26houston.com, Molly Bristow, Altamonte Springs, Fla., WOFL Fox 35
"With three boys 5 years of age and under at home, Joy McGahey and her
husband thought it would be easier to vote by absentee ballot this
year. When they didn't receive their ballots in the mail, they called
the elections office to find out what was going on.
“I was looking
for the ballots the past couple of weeks and they never came,” said
McGahey, “so I looked online and tracked them and saw, not only had
they already been sent out, they had already been sent back into the
County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel says the mail ballots were
stolen from five voters in three homes in the Spring Valley neighborhood
of Altamonte Springs near Orlando. Ertel says they were fraudulently
submitted, dated Oct. 12.
“It bothers me, makes me wonder what’s safe in my mailbox,” said Dr.
Larry Halperin, explaining the he and his wife never received their
absentee ballots. "I was not happy. Obviously, someone was playing
games and doing things that should not have been done and messing with
Ertel said Tuesday that none of the fraudulent ballots
were counted. He said that at least two of them had already been
flagged and set aside, because the signature on the ballot did not match
the voter signature on file with his office....
election officials found out was going on, Ertel ordered his election
workers to check every mailed-in ballot that came from an address within
two miles of the stolen ones....
says he'll notify law enforcement after the election, because he can't
release the ballot until after then. They have been set aside and will
be handed over to the Altamonte Springs Police Department next week." image from WOFL