STATE COMMITTEEMAN RICHARD DeNAPOLI
HELPS TO UNCOVER A SCHEME BY A FRAUDSTER WHO ATTEMPTED TO REGISTER DOZENS OF DEAD DEMOCRATS AS VOTERS IN BROWARD 

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Big news in Broward today regarding voter integrity.  I was contacted and provided evidence by a Broward Republican voter who is on my email list who received three new voter registration cards for Democrats at his home.  The problem is the three people didn't live at his home.  After doing a little internet research himself, he found evidence they were dead.  (One of the three was for a 104-year-old woman.)  I did some additional research on my own, determined the evidence seemed credible, and provided all the evidence to the Sun Sentinel, which did some excellent follow up investigating after discussing it with me.  It turns out these three fraudulent voter ID cards were likely part of a larger attempt by an as yet unknown fraudster(s) to register a total of at least 54 dead Democrats in Broward.  Fifty-one of the fraudulent voter registration applications were flagged by the Supervisor of Elections as suspicious, but these three that were provided to me and that I forwarded to the Sun Sentinel evaded detection and were actually added to the voter rolls.  The Sun Sentinel story is out this morning and I have posted the link to the story and excerpts from it below.

My quote from the article:
“We always try to remain vigilant about protecting the integrity of the vote," DeNapoli said. “It’s definitely concerning. It proves that there are bad actors out there, and I’m glad they were stopped.”

Thanks for reading and thanks to Broward Republican Pete Fisher for contacting me.  

Richard DeNapoli, Broward Republican State Committeeman
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Fraudster attempts to register dozens of dead Democrats as voters in Broward
Brittany Wallman, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 30th

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"Authorities have uncovered an attempt to register dozens of dead people as Democratic voters in Broward County.

... the scheme exposes weaknesses in Florida’s voter registration process, which relies partially on the honor system.

An unknown person in Columbia, S.C., submitted at least 54 new voter applications in July in the same neat handwriting to the Broward elections office, several in each of 19 envelopes. Many of the voters were elderly, and had recently died in the Northeast.

Almost all of them were flagged by Broward elections office staff as suspicious, and turned over to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. ...

At least three of the applications evaded detection, and were indeed added to the Broward voter rolls in July. Two of the people had died in June, the Sun Sentinel found.

Broward Elections Supervisor Pete Antonacci revealed the fraud when the Sun Sentinel inquired this week about three mysterious voter ID cards sent to a Davie man’s home. He concluded they were part of the larger scam. All the voter ID cards were sent to strangers' homes in the same Davie neighborhood.

“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.

Registering dead or fraudulent voters is illegal, but not difficult, the scheme shows. Each application was blank where driver license and social security numbers were to be filled in.
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Pete Fisher, a registered Republican who lives in Davie, said he received three voter ID cards in the mail about a week ago, and he did a little Internet research.

“Sure enough," Fisher said, "they were all dead.”

One of them was a 104-year-old woman who died in Naples in June. Her son was aghast that her identity had been stolen. He said he’d notified officials in July to remove her from voter rolls. She had no ties to Broward County.

Antonacci said there is a lag time when a voter dies, before elections officials are notified. The scammer appeared to take advantage of it.

“This is one of the weaknesses,” Antonacci said.

“The system is based on the honor system, and the honor system is supposedly bolstered by the fact that if you lie on one of these applications, it’s a crime,” he said, adding that he knows of no such prosecutions. "With determination, you can muscle your way in.”

Another ID sent to Fisher was that of a 77-year-old Newtown, Conn., woman who died June 24, and was registered to vote in Broward one month later. The third was a 90-year-old man. ...

Fisher said, “I think I found something,” and alerted Richard DeNapoli, Republican state committeeman from Broward.

DeNapoli contacted the Sun Sentinel. The Sun Sentinel then inquired about the fraud Wednesday.

“We always try to remain vigilant about protecting the integrity of the vote," DeNapoli said. “It’s definitely concerning. It proves that there are bad actors out there, and I’m glad they were stopped.”
Antonacci, a Republican appointee of Gov. Ron DeSantis, said he would forward the additional three fraudulent voting applications to the State Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors there asked Antonacci to go ahead and activate the 51 fraudulent voter IDs that he flagged to them in August, so they could watch for any ballot requests and trace the ballot to the fraudster, according to a letter from Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly.

The applications "appear to have been written by the same person,” Donnelly wrote, theorizing the person would apply for mail-in ballots. The deadline to request a ballot was Oct. 24 [and no mail-in ballots were requested or cast under the 51 flagged or these 3 additionally discovered falsified voter IDs, according to officials].

Donnelly noted in his letter that the most serious potential violation was criminal use of personal identification, which would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, for the 30 or more counts involved in this case.

In an Oct. 22 email, the State Attorney’s Office noted that only five of the 51 [flagged] voters had actually been activated in the voter rolls .... The office had been unable to determine who sent the applications.

At least 30 of the original 51 names were confirmed to be dead people, the email said. Without more personal information, the office couldn’t confirm whether the additional 21 were alive.

 

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