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After a brief inquiry, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has closed its investigation into why thousands of absentee ballots have not reached Broward County voters.
FDLE was asked to investigate Tuesday after being contacted by county elections officials, said Paige Patterson-Hughes, spokesperson for the agency's South Florida region.
But after preliminary discussions with Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, investigators found no evidence of criminal intent, and no reason to continue the investigation.
Gisela Salas, deputy supervisor of elections, said that elections officials started their own investigation earlier this week after hearing complaints from several voters that they did not receive their ballots.
Many of those ballots had been mailed on Oct. 7th and 8th, Salas said, and therefore should have reached voters. Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections, spoke with officials at the Oakland Park post office where the ballots are delivered and was told that they had been mailed, Salas said. That's when Snipes contacted FDLE.
Exactly how many absentee ballots are missing is unclear. About 58,000 were mailed on Oct. 7th and 8th and Salas said elections officials know that not all of those ballots are missing because some have been returned.
Clock Ticking: Broward Rushing New Absentee Ballots
Broward County election officials have decided to send a second batch of absentee ballots Thursday after a snafu kept them from reaching their intended destinations.
As election workers and the U.S. Postal Service traded the blame Wednesday, Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes moved to solve the problem with less than a week left before the presidential election by sending duplicates to people who had not returned the original ballot.
Overnight mail would be used to ship to addresses outside of the county, notably college students. Nearly 51,000 absentees have been returned out of more than 127,000 requested in Broward alone, the state's biggest Democratic county.