Allen B. West

100 days ‘til the midterms and some Florida election supervisors still intentionally breaking the law

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If you want to know about election and voter fraud in Florida we can spend a whole day talking. And if you want to talk about the lack of attention it receives from the Florida state leadership – and the media as well — we can go into the night discussing.

Florida is one of the top five most populous states — which means lots of electoral votes. If Florida becomes the poster child of all that is wrong with the American electoral process, it’s quite discouraging – because it means continued success for liberal progressives and the Democrat party, which is already working on turning Texas blue and did pretty well in Colorado.

Anyway, you might recall a story we covered last April about voter registrations listing a UPS store as their legal residence. As my friend LTC (RET) Dr. Rich Swier writes, “It’s now been 7 months since 29 of Florida’s 67 Supervisors of Elections were notified of their portion of 3,000-plus voter registrations potentially illegally listing a UPS store as a legal residence.”

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“To their credit 13 of those supervisors have cleared 100 percent of their registrations. But, there are 9 other Supervisors who have provided insufficient excuse for failing to do what the law clearly requires. The counties with well below 50 percent success in 7 months are: Broward, Duval, Leon, Orange, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Walton.”

“Two of the largest counties, Miami-Dade and Hillsborough, had some of the fewest ineligible addresses, and are two of the thirteen counties that have cleared 100 percent of their UPS store registrations.”

That’s the good news, but Orange County, the major population and media center of Orlando, is still on the list. And can you believe Leon County, which houses the State Capitol in Tallahassee, is on the list? You’d think our state leadership might be a tad embarrassed about that. Yet we hear not a peep.

It’s no surprise to me that three major South Florida counties are on the list: Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie — where I’ve had personal experience in election “activities.” Two of the three supervisors of elections, Susan Bucher (Palm Beach) and Gertrude Walker (St. Lucie) should have had investigations brought against them after the 2012 election cycle. One just has to ask, why hasn’t this been done?

Swier reports that “Florida’s Division of Elections has been aware of these issues, but as yet doesn’t seem to have had a positive impact. And as we draw close to the 2014 midterm elections, the biggest procrastinators are also Florida’s worse offenders. State-wide closure on the issue has embarrassingly stalled at only 26 percent. And it may get worse before it gets better. Because now, instead of shrinking their existing mess, these rogue counties have allowed additional registrations listing a UPS store as a residence to be added to their voter roll. These new registrations indicate that these supervisors are also still not obeying the law that requires them to maintain and use a list of valid residential street addresses for their county (F.S. 98.015(12)).”

As Dr. Swier points out, “in addition at least three supervisors have identified more than 5,000 additional registrations they consider as having listed an ineligible residence address. But instead of following the law to get these cleaned up, they’re allowing them to stay on the voter roll essentially indefinitely. They do assuringly indicate they’re hoping to not let these registrations vote until they provide a valid residential address, even though that approach failed in 2012.”

It is often said that the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results.

As reported earlier in the April 2014 article, “Florida: 3,000 Voter Registrations List a UPS Store as a Residence”, ineligible registration residence addresses by definition should not exist. Accordingly, Florida law provides a prompt and clear process to correct a voter’s residence address. And the law says if a voter does not respond to the supervisor’s contacts, “the supervisor shall make a final determination of the voter’s eligibility” (F.S. 98.075(7)(a)3).”

Swier brings up three points about the law:

1. The law says “shall.” It’s not optional. Yet somehow too many of our supervisors have too many excuses for making the wrong “final determination.”

2. If the supervisors were truly doing their jobs, they would have identified and cleared these registrations on their own during their 2013 non-Federal election “list maintenance” cycle.

3. Honestly, the F.S. 98.075(6) & (7) mandated process put into place in December 2013 requires far less than 4 months for an honorable supervisor to accomplish. Key word there being honorable.

The question is, what are these supervisors of elections paid to do? And why doesn’t the Florida media see fit to cover this? I can tell you why — and I think you know why.

But in the end, the losers are honest, law-abiding citizens in these Florida counties who believe in the integrity of the electoral process — a belief that was certainly lost in 2012 in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. And no one did a thing about it.

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