Democratic consultant claims he warned party staffers about legality but was ignored.
It seems clear at this point that Democrats in Florida were not going to accept defeat in the 2018 midterms and were prepared to do whatever it takes to win, including fraud. In multiple counties, an effort has been underway to “fix” certain mail ballots in the hope that they could turn the tide after the fact.
Try to imagine the media’s reaction if Republicans were doing this.
Ana Ceballos reports at the Naples Daily News:
Democrats planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across Florida after deadline
A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.
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 completed 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 Democratic activist 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.
Make no mistake. They knew this was wrong but did it anyway:
Jake Sanders, a Democratic consultant in the Treasure Coast who saw the email, told the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida that he warned party staffers about the legality of using an altered form, but was ignored.
“I warned FDP staff members of the questionable legal status of altering a state form and misleading people their vote would be counted before the court case played out,” Sanders said. “And coordinated campaign leadership told them to keep pushing it that, ‘We are exhausting every possibility.'”
An excellent point:
— Helen Raleigh (@HRaleighspeaks) November 16, 2018
This is so bad that even CNN is reporting on it:
Florida Democratic Party faces questions over vote by-mail signature match correction push
Florida Democratic Party officials gave volunteers incorrect information to share with voters about the state’s deadline for curing endangered vote-by-mail ballots that did not meet the state’s signature match requirements, according to an email obtained by CNN.
The “curing” process requires voters to send sworn affidavits satisfying any issues with their ballots to the county boards by 5 p.m. on the day before the election. The deadline this year came on Monday, November 5.
But in a November 7 email obtained by CNN, Jennifer Kim, a field operative for the Florida Democratic Party, instructs phone bankers to tell voters who did not sign their ballots properly that the cut-off is not until November 8, which is three full days after the actual deadline.
You will be relieved to learn that Democrats have hired an investigator to look into this situation.
Ana Ceballos provides this update at the Naples Daily News:
Democrats hire investigator to identify who altered Florida form used to fix ballots
The Florida Democratic Party hired an investigator to identify who altered a state form distributed by a deputy field director to staffers and volunteers working to fix as many rejected absentee ballots as possible after Election Day, the party announced Friday…
“This is a very serious issue. FDP is right to investigate this matter immediately and should share results with the appropriate government agencies, interested press and party officials,” said state Rep. Evan Jenne, who represents Broward County, where one of these altered forms was found.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spoke out about this on Twitter:
We now have evidence that Democrats openly told volunteers to violate Florida law.
But the media says there’s “no voter fraud in Florida,” right?https://t.co/o2Zf4lgekY
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 15, 2018
Should we expect more of this in 2020?
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