NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Thomas Bayuk's absentee ballot is absent from his mailbox. Now it's too late for the North Fort Myers Republican to mail in his vote.
"Even if we get them today, they would not get back in time," said Bayuk, who is disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
Bayuk called the elections office last week to order the ballots, but as of Friday, they had not yet arrived. He says his 90-year-old in-laws are in the same predicament.
"It's very annoying because it certainly makes you wonder what the heck has gone wrong," Bayuk said.
Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington says the earlier primary caught many voters off-guard. Once many of them asked for their absentee ballots, there wasn't enough time for the turnaround. It normally takes 24 to 48 hours for the ballots to put be in the mail.
"We have to remember that everyone in the state of Florida is voting right now, getting ballots in the mail is more and more popular," Harrington explains the delay.
"It's not uncommon to have a few in that respect, they didn't get their ballots and they can't get out."
There are options for voters scrambling to get their votes counted by Tuesday. All of the polling places are wheelchair accessible and volunteers can assist you from your car. A loved one can also pick up a ballot on Monday and bring it in on Tuesday, though Harrington asks you to call the elections office to receive instructions.