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Florida Elex Officials Refer 'Irregularities' to Feds

Florida Elex Officials Refer 'Irregularities' to Feds

By    |   Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:35 PM

Federal prosecutors are looking into altered dates on Florida election documents tied to the state’s Democratic Party, Politico reported Wednesday.

The Florida Department of State quietly asked for an investigation last week — the first voting "irregularities" the state has flagged in the midterms, the news outlet reported.

The concerns are tied to the Florida Democratic Party, and involve date changes on forms — known as “cure affidavits” — used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information, Politico reported.

Those documents were due no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 5 — the day before the election. Affidavits released by Florida’s Department of State show documents from four different counties said, incorrectly, the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Politico reported.

In one email released by the Florida state department, and addressed to Florida Elections Division Director Maria Matthews, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux also indicated the altered affidavits had come from the state 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 wrote, Politico reported. "This is crazy!!"

Last Friday, Bradley McVay, the state department’s interim general counsel, asked that the altered dates be investigated.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Democratic Party, Caroline Rowland, brushed off the issue, calling it a distraction by Republicans.

"The courts have already forced Rick Scott to drop a lawsuit after false claims of fraud, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement rejected his desperate attempts to interfere with the important work of counting ballots,” she told Politico in an email. “Now, Scott is once again trying to divert attention and resources from a smooth and successful recount."

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