FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in South Florida have uncovered an try to register dozens of useless individuals as Democratic voters, although no mail-in ballots had been requested or forged below the falsified IDs.
Officers in Broward County, a Democratic stronghold and Florida’s second-most populous county, uncovered the scheme over the summer time.
Somebody in Columbia, South Carolina, mailed 51 new voter purposes — every bearing the identical neat handwriting — to the Broward County elections workplace in July, officers mentioned. The story was first reported Friday by the South Florida SunSentinel.
Broward County supervisor of elections officers flagged the registrations as suspicious and turned them over to the Broward state lawyer’s workplace.
“We can not touch upon an ongoing, lively felony investigation,” state lawyer’s workplace spokeswoman Paula McMahon advised The Related Press in an e mail.
However correspondence between the state lawyer’s workplace and Broward Elections Supervisor Pete Antonacci reveals that officers couldn’t decide who mailed the registrations as a result of there was no return handle. The registration purposes had been obtained in 19 envelopes.
Thirty of the 51 had been verified by the state lawyer’s workplace as being deceased. The identities of the opposite 21 couldn’t be verified by solely date of beginning and title, Assistant State Legal professional Tim Donnelly mentioned in a letter to Antonacci dated Oct. 22.
5 of the names had been already on the voter rolls, however investigators mentioned no absentee ballots had been requested. The deadline to request a mail-in poll was Oct. 24.
The SunSentinel reported that at the least three of the purposes evaded detection and had been added to the Broward voter rolls in July. Two of these individuals had died in June.
“That is an organized effort by somebody who knew a bit of bit about Florida legislation however not so much and had a scheme to both undermine the Florida registration system with faux voters or supposed to vote 50 instances,” Antonacci advised the newspaper.
Elections officers mentioned the purposes had been left clean in areas for driver license and Social Safety numbers. Voting below a false registration is harder as a result of the voter must present identification earlier than both voting or mailing in a poll, in keeping with Antonacci.