Bradley Baker plans to do just that now that he learned his ballot didn’t count.
“I wouldn’t be surprised since the signature they have on file was from 30 years ago,” said Baker, a 47-year-old Coral Gables Republican.
At just 27, Jorge Suarez figured his signature has already changed, which is why his ballot cast from Bermuda was rejected.
“I’m frustrated, of course, but it’s probably down to the fact that I don’t sign papers like I did when I was a teenager anymore,” Suarez, a registered Democrat, said by email.
Brian Owen, a 51-year-old Republican working for the Air Force in Britain, had a different signature problem. He said he emailed a scanned copy of his signature. That’s not allowed, but faxing is.
“Faxing from overseas is difficult and timing did not allow me enough time to mail the ballot,” Owen, a Romney voter, said.
Ivan Gonzalez, a 17-year Coast Guard veteran, encountered a fax problem in Connecticut, where he is stationed.
“Unfortunately the fax machine was offline and/or busy the whole time I was trying to fax over and so I decided to scan it,” Gonzalez, a 39-year-old Republican, said by email.
Marc Saphir, a 43-year-old Army officer serving in Afghanistan, had his ballot rejected for technical reasons.
“As far as my feelings as a service member and my ballot not being counted while deployed here, well, it is distressing,” Saphir, an independent Obama voter, wrote in an email.
Juan Torrejon, a 39-year-old Miami Republican, said his absentee ballot arrived the Saturday before the election.
“I was not sure it would make it by the deadline to be counted if I deposited in the post office,” he said, “so I voted in my precinct on Election Day.”
Voters like David V. Turner took it all in stride. Though a Republican, he faulted his party for what he called voter-suppression efforts and cheered Obama’s election.
“There’s a beauty in that,” he said, adding that he found some irony in the fact that his ballot was likely derailed by Hurricane Sandy when he sent it from New York.
“It’s funny to think I was away from my home state — seemingly safe from hurricanes in late October — only to get slammed by one in NYC while Florida was just fine,” he said.
Gabriel Jose Gonzalez, a 32-year-old independent from Miami, also had his ballot rejected for tardiness. He wasn’t too upset.
“I have very little patience when it comes to waiting, specifically long lines, this is why I have always voted through absentee ballot,” he said. “I also hear voter stories of having issues with their votes when they vote at a poll station, so I figure both processes have their issues.”
Miami Herald staff writers Amy Sherman, Daniel Chang and Charles Rabin and Tampa Bay Times staff writer Steve Bousquet contributed to this report.