The Florida Department of State has asked federal prosecutors to investigating claims that the Florida Democratic Party may have altered a date on a state election’s form used to change information on rejected mail-in ballots. Politico Florida first reported the story. 

The Florida Department of State asked  three Florida-based U.S. Attorneys to review the altered form. The request was made November 9. 

FLA News has independently obtained the altered form, which was allegedly sent to Democratic voters whose mail-in ballot had been denied because it lacked required information. 

At question is a date change on the form. 

The original Department of State form states the deadline to receive the “cure affidavit” form is “5 p.m. on the day before the election.”

Florida Department of State Form
Florida Department of State form

The altered form changed the date to “5 p.m. on Thursday, November 8.”

altered form
altered form

The altered form was received by at least four county supervisor of elections, and according to the Politico report, included an email address – votes@FloridaDems.org – tied to the Florida Democratic Party. 

A state Democratic Party spokesperson told Politico that this is a manufactured distraction and accused Governor Scott of “trying to divert attention and resources from a smooth and successful recount.”

The judicial focus of the election recount is now centered in the federal courts. Senator Bill Nelson and his Democratic allies have filed multiple federal lawsuits. Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Tallahassee, Nelson’s legal team will ask a federal judge to nullify a state law that allows election workers to match ballot signatures with signatures on file. In a separate lawsuit, Nelson is asking a judge to invalidate a state law the places hard deadlines on recounting votes. State law gives all 67 counties until 3 PM Thursday to complete a machine recount in the U.S. Senate, Governor and Agriculture Commissioner races. Multiple counties have already completed their recount, however, at least one county – Palm Beach – has already indicated it cannot meet the deadline. 

 

 

David Bishop is a native Floridian, husband and father. During his 30 year career, David has been a journalist, political operative and communications consultant.