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By By Glenn Thrush, Audra D. S. Burch and Frances Robles / New York Times

Many Democrats argue that imposing new standards for evaluating signatures could discourage some voters, especially foreign-born citizens, from even trying to cast ballots.

Still, Patrick Murphy, a former Democratic congressman from South Florida, said it was time that the state reviewed how it authenticates mail-in and other ballots.

Mr. Murphy has a stake in the fight. His vote, too, was rejected as a result of a signature mismatch. Like Ms. Rodriguez, he only found out after the 5 p.m. deadline on Nov. 6 had passed.

“It’s really screwed up. There’s nothing I can do at this point,” Mr. Murphy said. The idea that “in 2018 we are still having a conversation” about election staff members analyzing signatures, he added later, “is preposterous in a world that now includes biometrics and block chain.”

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