Saturday, October 2, 2010

More Voter Fraud Problems in Florida

Sigh...these stories just make me sick.

...The Daytona Beach probe started when an elections supervisor noticed that as many as 90 absentee ballots had been requested from two e-mail addresses, and that they came from a single computer. (It is illegal in Florida for anyone other than a family member to help in requesting an absentee ballot.)
Volusia County Election Supervisor Ann McFall said she grew suspicious “because 40 requests arrived in one batch on the night of Aug. 6, and another 15 the next day. 
“The absentee ballots had no phone numbers on them, and my first concern was to get them in compliance. I emailed the sender and when I got no response checked with the Daytona Beach clerk, because all the requests were from Zone 5 and he didn’t recognize the address. Then I handed it over to the sheriff’s office,” she said.
...Voting experts say the case could be the tip of the iceberg. Absentee ballots, they say, are the Achilles heel of the electoral system, and nowhere more than in Florida, which has a long history of absentee ballot fraud...
The problem, as the article points out, is that publicly available (and easily obtained) records allow anyone willing to spend a little time researching can easily get all the information needed to make a fraudulent absentee request.  You can make a request online without knowing the voter's driver license number, social security number, or phone number.

This is another area of election law that the Florida Legislature desperately needs to address.  Absentee ballots are a vital part of every election, allowing people to vote who would otherwise not be able to do so because they are physically unable to get to the poll or out of town, but the integrity of the voting process must be protected.  Our current system does a dangerously inadequate job.

See an earlier post I wrote on the subject of voter fraud here:

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