If you vote by mail in Florida, it’s 10 times more likely that ballot won’t count From Miami Herald

I consider this headline which most will not read the whole story, just the headline, to be voter suppression 

Before you freak out at this headline and panic about voting by mail, consider these important facts:
Voting By Mail increases turnout by about 20%, far outpaces the rejection rate which is very low particularly in midterms.
I vote by mail early. Missing signatures can be cured by affidavit.
Finally, VBM leaves a paper trail, of increasing importance as hostile foreign countries seeks to disrupt our election machinery.

We absolutely need to understand why “rejection rates for mail ballots cast by blacks and Hispanics went up between 2012 and 2016,“ but voting by mail is a clear net positive in the number of counted ballots cast that should not be discouraged.

Remember to sign the back of the envelop.
Make sure you put enough postage on – better too much than not enough. (Stamps.com)

The study included six specific recommendations to reduce the vote-by-mail rejection rates:

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There should be greater statewide uniformity in the design of mail ballots and the return vote-by-mail (VBM) envelope.

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There should be greater uniformity in the procedures employed by supervisors of elections, their staff, and canvassing boards to process, validate and, if necessary, cure VBM ballots.

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The Florida statewide voter history file (the FVRS database) should include information about why a voter’s mail ballot was rejected, including whether it was rejected because it lacked a signature or the voter’s signature was mismatched, and if the voter attempted to cure the VBM ballot if it was flagged as invalid.

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The October 17, 2016 memorandum to supervisors of elections from Secretary of State Ken Detzner should be revised to include specific procedures that county election officials should follow when notifying voters of a rejected VBM ballot and the cure process for missing and mismatched signatures.

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The Florida Division of Elections should study procedures for processing VBM ballots as well as procedures in place for voters to cure an invalid mailed ballot, promoting “best practices” from those counties with the lowest rejection and highest cure rates.

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The legislature should create guidelines for how supervisors of elections shall notify voters of their rejected ballot status and how voters can cure their VBM ballot prior to Election Day -Nadine Smith   

Please forward and comment Ron Mills         https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article218654810.html