Florida Dems Being Investigated for Altering Dates on Absentee Ballots

‘A bigger problem is the fact they actually changed one of the DOE forms…’

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(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Federal prosecutors are investigating whether official Florida election forms were illegally altered—and the issue may be tied to the Florida Democratic Party.

“The concerns, which … can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information,” Politico reported Wednesday morning.

The forms are known as “cure affidavits,” and are used to fix mail-in ballots—sometimes called absentee ballots. But they were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, the afternoon before Election Day.

The Florida Department of State released suspect affidavits on Tuesday, which came from four different counties—one of them being Broward County. The forms improperly indicated that mail ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, or two days after the actual deadline.

“Altering a form in a manner that provides the incorrect date for a voter to cure a defect … imposes a burden on the voter significant enough to frustrate the voter’s ability to vote,” wrote Bradley McVay, the Department of State’s interim general counsel, in a letter sent to several U.S. Attorneys’ offices on Tuesday.

The records released by the department implicate the Florida Democratic Party. Political parties, and others, can get daily lists of people who had their mail-in ballots rejected. They can even obtain cure affidavits and send them to voters to fix them.

Susan Gillis, the supervisor of elections for Citrus County, said a concerned voter contacted her office after receiving a cure affidavit in the mail with an incorrect date, and a follow-up phone call from a number she did not recognize.

“When I called it, it is the Democratic Party of Florida,” Gillis said in a Nov. 8 email to Department of State officials.

Whether the incorrect date was somehow a mistake or not is irrelevant, said Gillis. “A bigger problem is the fact they actually changed one of the DOE [Division of Election] forms,” she said.