Politics & Government

Florida law may doom by-mail primary proposal

TALLAHASSEE — Florida law prohibits election officials from authenticating votes cast in the Democratic Party's proposed do-over primary by mail, state officials said Thursday, a potentially fatal blow to the increasingly embattled plan.

''There's no authority under Florida law that would allow county supervisors of election or the state to verify signatures in an election of a state party,'' said Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Florida's secretary of state and Division of Elections.

Verifying the identity of anyone who votes by mail, either through a conventional absentee ballot or in the Florida Democrats' proposed and unprecedented statewide mailed election, is considered a key bulwark against electoral fraud.

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