Researcher: 15% Of Mail-In Ballots By Young Parkland Voters Were Not Counted – The Intellectualist
Yet, Isenberg discovered that her vote, along with the votes of dozens of Parkland students, was likely never counted, according to The Washington Post. Approximately 1 in 7 mail-in ballots from college-aged voters in Parkland were either rejected or didn’t arrive in time to be counted.
“We wanted to make a change and vote for change,” Isenberg said. “I should have had the right to vote, and my vote should have been counted.”
The problem with the ballots was discovered by Daniel A. Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida. Smith analyzed the open-source voting file and said that 15 percent of mail-in ballots submitted by Parkland residents between the ages of 18 and 21 were not counted, “far exceeding the statewide average.”
In Florida as a whole, 5.4 percent of mail-in ballots for voters between the ages of 18 and 21 were rejected or uncounted.
“If you are voting in Florida, and you are young in Florida, you have a good chance of your ballot not being accepted,” Smith said. “Imagine going to the ATM, and every 10 times you go, instead of spitting out your money, they take it or they lose it.”