Miami-Dade elections supervisor asked for -- but wasn't granted -- special directive from state for absentee ballots from Florida voters hit by Sandy
So much attention has been paid over the past few days to voters who live in South Florida casting absentee ballots in person that it's easy to forget the voters who actually need to vote by mail, because they live outside the state or abroad.
And some of those voters will likely miss out on voting -- including at least Florida two voters in Hurricane Sandy's path.
Sarah Levrant and her boyfriend, Josh Steinberg, live in lower Manhattan, one of the areas hard-hit by Sandy. On Tuesday, Levrant said she placed her absentee ballot in a blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox on a main thoroughfare. It has yet to show up online as delivered to the Miami-Dade elections department.
Steinberg, who said he first requested his ballot more than a month ago, has yet to receive it. He said the department told him it did not receive his first request -- which he also sent by mail -- and then sent him a ballot on Oct. 25. Both had voted absentee in the past.
"It's definitely a tricky situation -- I can understand how, given the circumstances, that things such as standard mail can be delayed," said Steinberg, a 25-year-old medical school student originally from southwest Miami-Dade. "I just feel like I'm helpless because there's nothing I can really do, and they say every vote counts."
Levrant, 26, who works at American Express, said she called the post office in New York to make sure mail was being picked up. She and Bergstein have received mail at least twice since the storm, in which they lost power for six days.
"My biggest concern is that we're not the only people" in the same situation said Levrant, who is originally from Pinecrest.
They're not, Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley indicated to them in an email Monday night.