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Orlando Passes Strict Ballot Law

October 30, 2001

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The City Council passed a measure Monday tightening the process for voting by absentee ballot, making the city’s rules among the toughest in Florida.

The ordinance prevents someone from delivering another person’s absentee ballot without written authorization and photo identification. No one can pick up more than two ballots other than their own and those of their immediate family.

The law will keep party activists, campaign workers and special-interest groups from delivering hundreds of completed absentee ballots to elections officials.

City officials said allowing the groups to collect the ballots invites fraud. There’s no way to ensure a group won’t discard votes for opposition candidates, said Assistant City Attorney Amy Iennaco.

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