It’s a back channel approach but Rick Scott’s campaign is calling for the resignation of Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo following a new report alleging intentional fraud by the Democrats. A USA Today Network story revealed a plot by the Democrats to alter a state elections form so they could use rejected ballots in their ongoing federal lawsuit. The hope, according to the report, was to have Democratic ballots counted that had been rejected for various reasons. 

“Bill Nelson can either stay silent and be in favor of organized fraud by the Democrat Party, or he can do the right thing and demand the immediate resignation of Florida’s Democrat Party Chair,” said Jackie Schutz Zeckman, Scott campaign manager.

Politico Florida first reported and then USA Today Network discovered compelling evidence that state Democrats purposely altered the date on a state elections form so that ballots rejected by county elections supervisors could be corrected and counted upon a judge’s order – even though the statutory deadline had passed. 

Florida Department of State Form
Florida Department of State form

The form in question allows voters to correct mistakes on their mail-in ballot, but it must be completed the Monday before election day. The Democrats apparently circulated an altered form that changed the date to the Thursday after the election with the intent of finding more votes for their candidates. At least four county elections supervisors reported receiving the altered form. 

altered form
altered form

USA Today Network discovered an email sent by an employee of the Democratic Party to Democratic activists attempting to organize a statewide effort to fix tossed absentee ballots with the hope that a judge would later allow the votes to be counted. 

Upon discovering the altered form, the Florida Department of State asked three United States Attorneys based in Florida to investigate. Federal prosecutors have not confirmed an investigation. 

The state Democratic Party didn’t respond for comment to the report. 

Governor Scott’s campaign, however, did respond. “News reports yesterday and today revealed that the Florida Democrat Party engaged in an illegal scheme to alter election forms and deceive voters regarding the deadlines for submitting votes. Democrats even admitted plans to fraudulently mislead voters in anticipation of including ballots submitted after the legal deadline if they could convince a judge to disregard Florida election law. Federal prosecutors are also investigating this clear example of attempt to fraudulently mislead voters by the Democrat Party in Florida,” added Schutz Beckman. 

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