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Democrat ex-mayor convicted of voter fraud in Florida gets probation

Another Democrat elected official convicted of voter fraud gets a slap on the wrist:

 

After a jury found him guilty of felony voter fraud, a judge sentenced Eatonville, Florida’s former mayor on Friday to time served – 25 days – plus probation and community service.

 

Anthony Grant was indicted in March of last year along with two campaign workers on multiple mail ballot fraud charges, including forging signatures on ballots and coercing voters into submitting mail ballots for Grant in the 2015 mayoral election.

 

Following his indictment, the governor suspended Grant. Grant had formerly served as Eatonville’s mayor from 1994 to 2009 but lost to Bruce Mount, who he faced again in 2015.

Grant defeated Mount despite receiving fewer votes at the polls. Grant received 196 absentee votes to Mount’s 69, which swung the election in Grant’s favor.

Grant was convicted in May of two felonies and one misdemeanor.

 

“You’ve been found guilty of violating a core and fundamental right in our country to have free and fair elections,” Judge Keith Carsten told Grant before handing down the lenient sentence.

More Broward County mail ballot mishaps

‘I wanted to vote and I never got my ballot, and I waited and waited and waited.’

 

Broward County, Florida’s Democrat Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is facing more complaints about how her office handled, or mishandled, mail ballots:

Fuming Broward voters — Republicans and Democrats alike — are complaining that they were shut out of the high-stakes presidential election.  They say their mail-in ballots never arrived…

 

Broward County had the highest percentage statewide — nearly 28 percent — of vote-by-mail ballots that were not returned to county supervisor of elections offices before the polls closed Tuesday, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections… Those numbers, however, do not account for the numerous registered voters who say they submitted requests, met the deadlines, did their due diligence and still never received a ballot.

During early voting, Snipes’ office was accused by the Republican Party of Florida of mishandling tens of thousands of mail ballots. Also this election cycle, Snipes has misprinted ballots, distributed inaccurate voter registration cards, and been sued for failing to maintain accurate voter rolls.

 

Yet the voters of deep-blue Broward continue to re-elect Snipes – at least, those voters who receive ballots.

UPDATE: Deal reached after Florida GOP claims mail ballots were handled improperly in Broward

They’ve been doing this for years.”

 

That’s the official explanation for the mail ballot mishandling that the Republican Party of Florida accused Broward County’s elections office of in a dispute that has now been settled. The Miami Herald reports:

At issue: whether Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes had broken the law by opening scores of mail-in ballots in private, and without the supervision of a canvassing board appointed to oversee and certify elections.

 

Snipes — whose office has dealt with a series of mishaps and complications this election cycle — received a letter Wednesday afternoon from Republican state party chairman Blaise Ingoglia alleging the elections department had illegally processed and opened scores of the more than 153,000 ballots that have been cast by mail so far in Broward.

 

Ingoglia said Snipes had erred by failing to convene Broward’s canvassing board while opening “tens of thousands” of absentee ballots, and by denying the public potential opportunities to contest problematic ballots…

 

“The canvassing board has never opened the ballots,” Snipes said. “We have procedures we follow that are approved in our security manual sent to state. We don’t feel like we are doing anything illegal — this is the process we have always used.”

 

Still, within hours of receiving Ingoglia’s letter, sources said Snipes’ office had brokered a two-step compromise.

 

▪ Starting Thursday morning, board member Judge John D. Fry will be at the supervisor’s office in person to oversee canvassing of mail-in ballots.

▪ Both the state Republican and Democratic parties will also be allowed to have a representative on-hand at at all times as ballots are canvassed.

Florida GOP Accuses Broward County Election Officials of Mishandling Mail Ballots

The Republican Party of Florida is accusing Broward County election officials of opening tens of thousands of mail ballots prior to them being legally cleared for counting.

Chairman Blaise Ingoglia told Shapiro that “Florida law prescribes that when the supervisor of elections takes in all these ballots, they have to be approved by the canvassing board.”

Therefore, the officials have no legal authority to open the ballot envelopes.

In a warning letter to Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, Ingoglia said

“Given the media reports of your office’s many failures this election cycle, including your omission of a congressional race and proposed constitutional amendment from some ballots, printing ballots with the word “no” on the “yes” line, and distribution of inaccurate voter identification cards, the Republican Party of Florida is prepared to take all necessary legal actions to ensure that Broward County conducts its elections in compliance with the law.”

Snipes was also sued earlier this year for failing to maintain accurate voter rolls.

 

Florida election fraud by the numbers: Two women arrested in Miami-Dade

Florida fraud by the numbers:  Two women, an “unknown number” of fraudulent votes, five fraudulent voter registration applications filled out for people without their consent plus “at least 17″ for people who don’t exist and “several forms for people who are dead.”

 

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Via the Miami Herald:

A 74-year-old woman tasked with opening envelopes sent by Miami-Dade County voters with their completed mail ballots was arrested Friday after co-workers caught her illegally marking ballots, resulting in an unknown — but small — number of fraudulent votes being cast for mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado.

 

Investigators linked Gladys Coego, a temporary worker for the county elections department, to two fraudulent votes, but they suspect from witness testimony that she submitted several more. Coego, of Westchester, turned herself in to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Friday morning. She’s expected to be charged with two felony counts of marking another person’s ballot.

 

In a separate election-fraud case, authorities also arrested a second woman for unlawfully filling out voter-registration forms on behalf of United for Care, the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

 

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office plans to accuse Tomika Curgil, 33, of filling out forms for five people without their consent. She also submitted at least 17 forms for people who apparently don’t exist — and several forms for people who are dead. Police officers arrested Curgil at her Liberty City home Friday morning and intend to charge her with five felony counts of submitting false voter-registration information.

Florida voter’s registration fraudulently changed from Republican to Democrat by Mi Familia Vota worker

Another progressive group has been caught submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, this time in the swing state of Florida.

 

It was a senior citizen voter, not local election officials, who caught the fact that someone – someone with Mi Familia Vota, it turns out – had forged her signature on a voter registration form and fraudulently changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

 

WFLA’s 8 On Your Side reports “when 83-year-old lifelong Republican Marina Agosto received a new voter ID card that told her she was now a registered Democrat, she and her daughter Minerva headed to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office to find out why.”

She is outraged that someone would use her name to commit voter registration fraud here in a swing state, where every single vote is so important. She is even more bothered that the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office wasn’t taking her seriously…

 

The mother and daughter discovered at the Supervisor of Elections office that a group called Mi Familia Vota submitted a new voter registration application for Agosto. A signature that is supposed to be her own is on the application. “I sign different, completely different,” Agosto said…

 

The birth year on the application also doesn’t match Agosto’s voter ID card. 8 On Your Side asked if the Supervisor of Elections notified law enforcement. “All I have is this form. I don’t have anything that tells me this is illegal,” [Supervisor of Elections communications director Gerri] Kramer said.

Not to worry, though – the voter fraud probably isn’t widespread:

Since June Mi Familia Vota has submitted more than 5,700 voter registration applications in Hillsborough County alone.

Mi Familia Vota was founded and is headed by former SEIU executive Eliseo Medina and takes a progressive stance on issues including “increased access to the electoral process for Latino voters,” particularly the ones registered as Democrats, it seems.

Florida’s persistent “phantom voter” problem

Florida’s second-largest county has more registered voters than voting-eligible adults, a “phantom voter” problem that “has persisted over several election cycles” in Broward County.

 

“Corrupted voter rolls are the first step to vote fraud. Broward’s Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, is not using all of the tools available to keep Florida elections clean,” says Susan A. Carleson, Chairman and CEO of the American Civil Rights Union, which is suing the county supervisor to remove non-citizens and other ineligible registrants from the rolls prior to the November 2016 election – action that falls to private parties when local election officials fail to comply with federal voter roll maintenance requirements and the Department of Justice fails to enforce them.

 Joseph Vanderhulft, a litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said it is not clear whether the numbers in Broward are due to fraud or merely sloppiness.

 

“Our point is that regardless of what it is … we have a problem with the numbers,” he said. “The National Voter Registration Act gives independent authority to try to get it straightened out.”

 

 

 

 

 

Voter ID highly popular among voters in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

By margins as high as 57 percentage points, voters in three key swing states strongly favor voter ID laws.

 

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows big majorities of voters support “efforts to require voters to show a photo identification card to vote” in Florida (77% to 20%), Ohio (75% to 22%), and Pennsylvania (64% to 34%).

 

 

 

Florida mayor and two others indicted for felony voter fraud

Corruption in politics does exist, and it exists in Central Florida.”

 

“A grand jury on Monday indicted Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant and two others on felony voter-fraud charges, accusing the trio of coercing voters and submitting illegally obtained absentee ballots in the 2015 election that put Grant at the town’s helm.

 

“In six cases examined, the grand jury found that Grant, Mia Antionette Nowells and James Randolph solicited an absentee ballot from someone who didn’t live in Eatonville, marked ballots for voters and forced people to register to vote, according to the 25-count indictment.”

 

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Voter fraud allegations and calls for a new election in Florida mayoral contest

Witnesses say “they were bribed for their votes” by the incumbent mayor:

 

Attorneys are calling for a new election in the Town of Eatonville as part of a lawsuit alleging the current mayor, Anthony Grant, committed fraud. The attorneys for former Mayor Bruce Mount claim Grant bribed tenants in his rental properties to vote for him, accounting for a huge bump in absentee voting ballots that pushed Grant toward a win.

 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating Grant.