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11-11-06 - Ft. Lauderdale, FLORIDA

Rare Stamp May Be On Envelope Inside Sealed Florida Ballot Box

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Twenty-two months. That's at least how long it will be before anyone can get to a stamp possibly worth 200-thousand dollars.

Officials in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, spotted what could be a rare World War One stamp on an absentee ballot on election night. But by the time they discussed what kind of stamp it was, the envelope it came on was already locked in a ballot box.

And under Florida election law, a ballot box can't be opened once it's sealed.

A spokeswoman for Florida's secretary of state says election officials will keep the sealed ballot box for 22 months, and any action after that is up to the county elections supervisor.

But even if the stamp turns out be real, it may not be as valuable as it could have been. The stamp was canceled when the ballot went through the mail.

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