Despite the fact that Florida courts found Democratic election officials to be violating the law in multiple different ways – from reporting failures to actually filling in ballots for damaged ballots without having the canvassing board overseeing it – the Democrats have argued that no one has “found any fraud.”
But now federal prosecutors are investigating more “irregularities” and it traces back to Democrats.
The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.
The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 — the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate.
Among those counties is Broward, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections. Republicans have pointed to embattled Broward Elections chief Brenda Snipes’ record of past election gaffes in arguing that the largely Democratic country is tilted against them — perhaps fraudulently so.
The Florida Department of State has asked for this to be investigated.
“Altering a form in a manner that provides the incorrect date for a voter to cure a defect … imposes a burden on the voter significant enough to frustrate the voter’s ability to vote,” McVay wrote in a letter that was sent Nov. 9 and released publicly on Tuesday. The letter was sent to U.S. Attorneys Christopher P. Canova of the Northern District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida and Ariana Fajardo Orshan in the Southern District of Florida.
According to the records, it was the Florida Democratic Party who sent the altered election forms for people to cure. But if people had followed the directions according to the altered date, their ballots would come in too late and not be counted.
Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, who also said he believed the affidavits were from the Florida Democratic Party.
“Please pass the word to the FDP that they can’t arbitrarily add their own deadline to your form or VBM cures!!” Lux emailed DOS officials on Nov. 9. “This is crazy!”
Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill said she thought that someone may have confused the cure date deadline with the deadline for provisional ballots, but the “problem is the fact they actually changed one of the DOE forms.”
Caroline Rowland, an FDP spokesperson the people tried to deflect blame for the altered date, saying Republicans were just raising the question to divert attention from a “smooth and successful recount.”
So yes, Democrats, not only are there documented voter irregularities but they directly trace back to you and now federal prosecutors are investigating.
It’s not clear how many ballots this would pertain to.