About 1,500 forms for new voters ages 18-24 and registered as Republicans raised red flags for the Leon County elections supervisor. from the Miami He
About 1,500 forms for new voters ages 18-24 and registered as Republicans raised red flags for the Leon County elections supervisor. from the Miami Herald
TALLAHASSEE - (AP) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating 1,500 voter registration forms received by the Leon County elections office that apparently were altered to register local students as Republicans.
County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho said it was suspicious enough that the registration forms were all photocopies, but the new voters were also between the ages of 18 and 24, a group that often registers with no party affiliation.
''When we saw that all of these individuals were registered as Republicans, a buzzer went off,'' Sancho said.
Most were students at Florida A&M University, Florida State University or Tallahassee Community College. The office began calling the applicants, contacting a couple of dozen before deciding to turn the forms over to the FDLE.
''Once it became clear that their information did not jibe with the information on the application forms, that's when we decided to act,'' Sancho said. ``The overwhelming majority of them had not selected the Republican Party as the party they wanted to be registered in.'' Continue reading
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