A Thursday report from Naples Daily News, part of the USA Today network (archived here) said that Florida Democrats in multiple counties, including Broward, instructed staffers to send out “altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.”
The original forms, which can be viewed here, set an absentee deadline date of “no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election.”
But the altered form changed that deadline to “no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, November 8.”
“The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties complete a required recount in three top races,” the report said.
According to the report, the party compiled a list of vote-by-mail ballots that were flagged as invalid for signature problems.
“One Palm Beach Democrat said in an interview the idea was to have voters fix and submit as many absentee ballots as possible with the altered forms in hopes of later including them in vote totals if a judge ruled such ballots were allowed,” the report said.
All of this was done extra-judicially, outside of the law. Only Thursday did U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Florida Mark Walker rule that voters will have until Saturday to correct alleged signature mishaps. The latest delay ordered by Walker is bad enough, but Democrats had planned to send out the altered forms, have the signatures “fixed” and count the ballots without permission from any court.
Pam Keith, a Democratic candidate for Congress who lost her election in Florida’s 18th District said that she did not believe this constitutes election fraud, according to the report. She was encouraging people via Twitter to “fix” their absentee ballots two days after the state’s deadline.
“I was trying to show that if given notice, voters would try to fix their ballots,” Keith said according to the report. “It is not fraud to try and correct something. There’s nothing fraudulent about that.”
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