Florida man dies without seeing vote counted

It was Thomas Korinko's dying wish to cast his presidential vote for Donald Trump in the battleground state of Florida but he didn't live to see it happen.

Korinko died Friday from cancer, his son told Fox News.

Jeff Korinko says his 76-year-old father was a diehard patriot who wanted to be certain he cast his vote this election.

Thomas was diagnosed with liver cancer seven months ago.  His health rapidly declined, so much so, that two weeks ago he voted by mail.  He couldn't physically make it to a voting booth. 

But when he mailed in his ballot, the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office determined his shaky, frail signature did not match his voter registration signature and required further verification.

"This is not voter fraud.  He's a registered, lawful, Florida voter," says Jeff.  "This is his ballot, you have it, please count it. I was told, 'No.'"

The signature on every mail-in ballot in the state is compared to the voter registration signature on file to prevent fraud.  But Jeff, who also happens to be an attorney, says, "To be disenfranchised in that manner, that can't be what's in the best interest of the law."

A recently enacted Florida law requires a vote-by-mail affidavit be mailed to voters like Thomas.  A new signature and a photo ID turned into the appropriate Elections Office by 5 p.m. the Monday before Election Day was the only way to remedy the issue.

But in this case, Jeff's father was been unable to sign the affidavit, because of his steep decline and medicated state.

"I'm all cried out, cried earlier today.  This was really important to my father.  This was really important to my father."

Lake County's Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall says a county canvassing board will make the final determination.

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