If there is one thing I learned in the 2012 election cycle, it was about voter fraud. My conservative warrior associate, Katherine Engelbrecht, and her organization, True the Vote, took up the mantle against the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, who admitted to sending “questionable” results to the Florida Secretary of State. It was somewhat disheartening that the Florida Secretary of State and Attorney General sat back, watched the news reports, and did nothing.
With that background, I’d like to share a story written by Gregg Prentice: “Voter Fraud? If they’re not catching the easy stuff, what else are they missing?”
Prentice asks, are some of Florida’s Supervisors of Elections skirting the law? Supervisors are tasked with maintaining an accurate voter roll. One of the requirements of the Supervisors is to ensure voters provide a legal residence address. Yet a December 2013 analysis shows more than 3,000 voter registrations statewide listing their residence address at a UPS store, potentially illegally.
Florida Law is clear and, with minor exception, requires that voter registrations listing other than an address of legal residence should not be accepted, because they are “ineligible” (F.S. 98.045 (1)(h)). In fact, it’s actually a felony to willfully submit any false voter registration information (F.S.104.011(2)). Accordingly, if these “ineligible” registrations are found to exist, Florida statutes also provide for their prompt correction or removal (F.S. 98.075(6) & (7)).
So there you go. It’s a felony for this to have happened, but how can it be that a citizen watchdog had to uncover this Florida voter fraud while the people paid with our taxpayer dollars have not a clue? Is it not a mandated responsibility of the Florida State Supervisors of Elections to maintain these voter address rolls? I’d say so.A review of the state-mandated voter registration list reveals that of the 3,000 UPS store registrations:
– 1,200 match addresses already known as commercial that were ignored
– 500 match addresses erroneously marked as residential
– 1,100 have no match at all.
Oh and by the way, she wasn’t charged by the federal government with any type of voter fraud allegations — so much for Eric Holder’s concern about voter suppression.
You see, the real voter suppression comes when fraud exists, as it negates an individual’s lawful and proper vote. The fraudulent shenanigans in the 2012 Congressional District 18 election in St. Lucie County — and to some extent Palm Beach County — amounted to voter suppression. But as we reported previously, it’s not voter suppression Democrats are worried about, it’s fraud suppression.
In the case of the UPS store registrations, it’s not a recent phenomenon. More than 2,300 of the more than 3,000 recently discovered UPS store registrations had the exact same UPS store listed as their residence at least 15 months prior. Approximately 800 of those 2,300 likely “ineligible” registrations voted in Florida’s during the 2012 General Election.
Worse however, since Federal Elections occur in even years, the Supervisors are required by law to perform their primary “list maintenance” during the odd years. Yet these 3,000 UPS store registrations were identified in December of 2013 as the Supervisors’ odd year voter roll efforts came to a close.
So it’s pretty clear too many of our Supervisors aren’t nearly as effective in their jobs as one might hope – and they’re not complying with Florida statute.
So in which counties did this occur?
According to the report, of the 67 counties in Florida, 38 were clean. The majority of the “unclean” counties have said they’re working on it. But three counties have not responded at all or weakly: Broward, Orange and Hillsborough. Prentice says Broward county receives the “here’s your sign” award with fully 40 percent of the 3,000 potentially ineligible records, and simply responding “they’re in process.”
Note: Broward represents only about 10 percent of the total state population.
Hat tip to Gregg Prentice for doing this research. He truly deserves recognition as a “Guardian of the Republic.” And in order to preserve this Republic, we will need many more Guardians. I challenge others to do the same in their state as Gregg has done here for us in Florida. “In a universe of deceit, truth becomes a revolutionary act” — and this is just the tip of the iceberg.