With the election Overtime period in the Deep South coming to an end — and Republicans protecting their victories in Georgia and Florida — the details of the vote-finding madness are still coming to light. At least one investigation might already be taking shape. Florida officials have referred swamp state Democrats to federal prosecutors to look into evidence of an incorrect mail-in form.
If federal prosecutors accept the challenge, that would put the investigation of the Florida Democrats under the jurisdiction of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. The Florida Democratic Party, which nominated Andrew Gillum for governor, is now the subject of massive public scrutiny all over America.
After saying earlier in the week that the State officials were trying “divert attention” away from the Department of State, which is part of Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, the Democrats on Friday took a different approach: They lawyered up.
“Upon receiving notice of the allegations that the form was incorrect, FDP took immediate steps, including hiring an independent investigator to review the issues at hand,” attorney Mark Herron said in a statement provided by a party spokeswoman. “As soon as we know the results of the investigation we will advise you.”
Herron went to CNN to break the news Friday morning, one week after the vote-by-mail “cure affidavits” were sent to U.S. Attorneys Christopher P. Canova of the Northern District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida and Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida.
Information related to whose mail ballots were rejected is public information. It’s not uncommon for political parties or outside groups to use that information to reach out to voters who had a mail ballot rejected to encourage them to fix the issues. In most cases, the problem is because a voter did not sign the ballot.
To cure a mail-in ballot, voters needed to submit an affidavit on Nov. 5, the day before Election Day. But the altered version changed the date to Nov. 8, the deadline to cure issues with provisional ballots. It’s unclear if any voters availed themselves of the altered affidavit produced by party operatives.
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There could be a lot of material in any investigation into Florida Democrats — besides just that one incorrect form. There were, after all, boxes of ballots turning up, including a box of blank ballots intercepted at the Fort Lauderdale airport, flagged by an Avis employee.
The Broward County teacher who allegedly found a container labelled “Provisional Ballots” after Election Day did not choose to tell the cops or federal law enforcement right away. Rather, she called up Andrew Gillum’s friend in the Florida state legislature.
Lakeisha Sorey, the teacher who found the “Provisional Ballots” box, called Andrew Gillum’s friend Shevrin Jones for assistance during the emergency. How convenient!
Here is Andrew Gillum praising Shevrin Jones in 2017, at the beginning of Gillum’s long-shot bid to become governor.
Here is Gillum with Shevrin Jones literally on Election Day:
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