Lakeisha Sorey at Miramar Elementary School in Broward County found a provisional ballot box inside a closet.

Sorey did not touch it in order to avoid tampering. She phoned state Rep. Shevrin Jones (D) and the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office.

The woman at the office told Sorey the box probably contained blank ballots, but Sorey mentioned the box is locked.

We do not know exactly what was in the box. A spokesman from the elections office said the box has supplies and not ballots. But again, why is it locked?

Even if it does contain provisional ballots, it may not make much of a difference. These ballots go to those who have questionable eligibility to vote like no ID or may be at the wrong polling place. From The Tampa Bay Times:

When a voter’s eligibility is in question — if they don’t have ID or aren’t clearly at the right polling place — they have a chance to fill out a provisional ballot and prove their eligibility later. Most are eventually denied, because they don’t follow up.

Provisionals typically make up a tiny fraction of the overall votes cast. In the 2016 general election, voters cast 9.6 million ballots. Provisional ballots made up about one-ninth of one percent — 10,998.

In the last midterm, there were 6 million votes, and again, about one-ninth of one percent were provisional. That meant 7,199 provisional ballots counted.


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