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Date of Issue: August 11, 2010

Absentee ballots for Sept. 7 in the mail

Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat said he expects absentee ballots for Anna Maria’s Sept. 7 recall election of Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus to be in the mail to voters this week.

Sweat said his office had yet to inspect the ballots and ensure all the language is correct before mailing them.

The list of absentee voters is available to candidates in the election, he said.

Absentee votes will be added to the Sept. 7 votes on tallying ballots at the special recall election polling station, Sweat said. That usually takes place several minutes after the poll closes at 7 p.m., he indicated. At that time, the official results are announced by the elections office.

Voting will be at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.

The recall vote on Stoltzfus is taking place because a group of citizens formed a recall committee in May and obtained the required signatures of registered voters to have a recall election scheduled.

The recall committee said in its petition that, as a commissioner, Stoltzfus has committed misfeasance and malfeasance including an effort to bring financial harm to the city by supporting a lawsuit against the city.

 Stoltzfus has denied any wrongdoing and has filed a court action to halt the recall vote.

The date for Stoltzfus’ motion to dismiss the recall is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.


The ballot for the Sept. 7 Anna Maria recall election.

sample ballot