Dems Sent Altered Mail-In Ballot Forms Across Florida, State Says

  • 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Dems Sent Altered Mail-In Ballot Forms Across Florida, State Says
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A day after the 2018 midterms left Florida's top statewide races too close to call, a Democratic party official directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with fellow Democrats to fix absentee ballots deemed ineligible due to signature problems.

All of this occurred after the state's deadline.

Naples Daily News' Ana Ceballos reports:

The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties complete a required recount in three top races.

But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a "cure affidavit," that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.

One Palm Beach Democrat said in an interview the idea was to have voters fix and submit as many absentee ballots as possible with the altered forms in hopes of later including them in vote totals if a judge ruled such ballots were allowed.


Pam Keith, a Palm Beach County Democrat, came under fire Wednesday after Republicans circulated a screenshot of a Nov. 7 deleted tweet she sent to about 22,000 of her Twitter followers, encouraging people to submit forms to fix their absentee ballots two days after the state-mandated deadline.

Keith knew that election supervisors would be compelled to reject forms submitted after the state-imposed deadline but insisted that she doesn't consider what she did election fraud. 

However, federal prosecutors have received the altered forms. (RELATED: Judge Delivers Big Win For GOP Senate Hopeful)

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry C. Wallace, who handles federal election complaints in Florida declined to comment on the state of the investigation.

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