A special election is currently underway in House District 2, and Republican candidate Mike Hill of Pensacola is expected to coast into office. But now there is a fresh mystery to add a bit of intrigue to the race.
Two safes containing early-voting and absentee ballots are missing, the Pensacola News-Journal reported today. Santa Rosa County officials say the safes containing 35 ballots were stolen.
Here is more from the News-Journal:
Two safes containing early-voting and absentee ballots for the House District 2 special election were stolen over the weekend from the South Santa Rosa Service Center, authorities said.
Santa Rosa Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said two absentee ballots and 33 early-voting ballots that were cast on Friday and Saturday at the U.S. 98 office in Midway are missing. An employee discovered that the safes were missing when they went in this morning to pick up the ballots for early voting, which ended on Saturday, Villane said.
A glass side door was pried open, and the burglars also cut a fiber-optic cable for the building’s communication lines.
No arrests have been made, officials said, though investigators have security camera surveillance footage that they are reviewing.