The Florida Department of State has revealed that more than 6,600 ballots that were mailed in ahead of the November 6 midterm election were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices.
State officials informed a federal judge last week that 6,670 ballots were left uncounted because they arrived after Election Day.
According to The Associated Press, the tally prepared by state officials includes totals from 65 of Florida’s 67 counties.
Ballots mailed inside the U.S. must reach election offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Overseas ballots are counted only if they are received up to 10 days after the election.
Under current Florida law, ballots mailed inside the U.S. must reach election offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
It is not yet clear why the ballots did not arrive to the election offices on time.
The Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R), the race for agriculture commissioner and the gubernatorial race all went to recounts.