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Bill Nelson campaign files suit over emailed ballots

Posted: 3:56 PM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 20:56:30Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's campaign is suing a north Florida elections official in an effort to get copies of ballots that were emailed in possible violation of state law.

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Nelson's campaign filed the lawsuit against Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen on Wednesday. The lawsuit asks a judge to order Andersen to turn over records to the campaign.

Andersen has acknowledged to media outlets that he accepted 147 ballots by email even though that's barred by state law. Andersen said the voters were displaced by Hurricane Michael, telling a Panhandle television station that anyone who objects "ought to be ashamed."

The lawsuit seeks to get copies of the ballots that were emailed or faxed as well as any instructions telling voters they could email their ballots.