With just days to go until election day, the Washington Times reported on Friday that officials have discovered a voter fraud scheme in Florida’s Broward County — one of the state’s most populous — calculated to boost the number of Democrat voters in the county.
The scheme was uncovered over the summer, though reports about the scheme are just now being released. Bad actors reportedly consipired to register dozens of dead voters as Democrats, though the scheme was uncovered before any ballots were actually cast under the fraudulent IDs.
The Times reported:
Someone in Columbia, South Carolina, mailed 51 new voter applications – each bearing the same neat handwriting – to the Broward County elections office in July, officials said. The story was first reported Friday by the South Florida SunSentinel.
Broward County supervisor of elections officials flagged the registrations as suspicious and turned them over to the Broward state attorney’s office.
Thirty of the 51 were verified by the state attorney’s office as being deceased. The identities of the other 21 could not be verified by only date of birth and name, Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly said in a letter to Antonacci dated Oct. 22.
Five of the names were already on the voter rolls, but investigators said no absentee ballots had been requested. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot was Oct. 24.
The SunSentinel reported that at least three of the applications evaded detection and were added to the Broward voter rolls in July. Two of those people had died in June.
Broward County is one of the state’s largest Democrat strongholds, and keeping the county under Democrat control is critical to Joe Biden’s success on Tuesday.
“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,” said Broward Elections Supervisor Pete Antonacci.
Florida voted for Trump in 2016, but with 29 electoral votes up for grabs, Democrats are desperate to flip the state. The problem is, the polls don’t point to a landslide for Biden, and it sure would help Democrats to drum up some extra votes.