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Appellate panel rejects appeal, 3 months after recounts

Posted at 3:40 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 15:40:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three months after the races for Florida governor and U.S. Senate were decided in recounts, a federal appellate court panel has denied an appeal of a ruling over signatures on mail-in ballots.

A U.S. District Court of Appeals panel in Atlanta on Friday denied a request for a stay filed by the National Republican Senate Committee last November in the heat of the Florida recount.

At issue were 4,000 ballots that were rejected because signatures on mail-in ballots didn't match signatures elections supervisors have on file for the voters.

During the recount, Democratic critics said there was no way for voters whose ballots were thrown out to fix them, and a federal judge gave the voters a few days to verify their identities.

The Republican committee appealed that decision.