More than 6,000 mail-in ballots in Florida were not counted: officials

More than 6,000 mailed ballots in Florida went uncounted in November's midterm elections.

Officials at the Florida Department of State informed a federal judge last week that 6,670 ballots that were mailed in ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections were left uncounted because they arrived after Election Day.

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Ballots mailed inside the U.S. must reach election offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day under current Florida law. It is not yet clear why the ballots did not make it to the election offices on time. 

The missing ballots came from 65 of Florida's 67 counties.

The news comes after three races in the state — the Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTom Brady to Biden: '40 percent of the people still don't think we won' Rubio, Demings rake in cash as Florida Senate race heats up How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation MORE (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R), the race for agriculture commissioner and the gubernatorial race — all went to recounts.

Updated Tuesday at 9:26 a.m.