Democrats and the media are quick to dismiss any talk about the potential for voter fraud in the upcoming election, but that complete rejection is tough to stomach when confronted with clear instances of attempted fraud.
Election officials in Florida’s Broward County just revealed a scheme that attempted to register dozens of recently deceased individuals as new Democratic voters ahead of the election, the Associated Press reported.
At least 51 newly registered voters in the county are believed to all be tied to one person in Columbia, South Carolina, though the officials stressed that the scheme was discovered in time and not a single absentee ballot was sent out, nor was a single fraudulent vote cast.
Voter fraud scheme uncovered
Details of the alleged scheme to register dead people as new voters were first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which had been contacted by a local Republican official in Broward. The paper then took the individual’s concerns to the county’s elections supervisor, Pete Antonacci.
The scheme appears to have been traced back to one unknown individual in Columbia, South Carolina, who apparently mailed 54 new voter registrations to Broward County in July. All of those new registrations bore the same style of handwriting and arrived with several registrations each tucked into 19 envelopes in total.
Nearly all registrations were immediately “flagged” as being suspicious and an investigation ensued with the Broward State Attorney’s Office. The probe turned into a sort of sting operation as some of the registrations were permitted to go “active” on the voter rolls and were then monitored.
The scheme likely would have failed even if all of the new voter registrations had evaded detection, as Florida election laws require newly registered voters to prove their identity prior to being mailed an absentee ballot or being allowed to cast a vote in-person.
All of the registrations had left blank the areas where a driver’s license number and social security number would be entered for identification purposes.
New registrants identified as recently deceased individuals
“This is an organized effort by someone who knew a little bit about Florida law but not a lot, and had a scheme to either undermine the Florida registration system with fake voters, or intended to vote 50 times,” Antonacci said of the scam, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The scheme was actually first discovered by a registered Republican in Broward who received three new voter ID cards in the mail in July. He did an internet search on the names and discovered that two of the three had recently passed away just a month earlier.
Once the issue had been forwarded to the proper authorities and the investigation was launched, it was confirmed that at least 30 of the 51 newly registered voters had all passed away in recent months. The identities of the other 21 names could not be independently verified.
Despite what Democrats and the media may say, voter fraud is real and it happens. According to Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly, if discovered, the culprit in this particular case could face felony charges of criminal use of personal identification and face a minimum 10-year prison sentence and a hefty fine.