Election Fraud Concerns
Two Miami-Dade women are facing charges for voter fraud after being arrested for illegally marking ballots and filling out voter registration forms. In the first instance, the woman was linked to fraudulent votes for a mayoral candidate and, in the second case, the woman was accused of illegally filling out voter registration forms for five individuals without their consent and other forms for deceased and non-existent people. Investigations into the incidents were focused on trying to determine whether these actions were part of a larger scheme, but it was ultimately concluded they were not.
Voter Fraud – Rare But Real
As we head into the final days of this heated election season, voter fraud is on many people’s minds. History has shown us that the cases of actual voter fraud are far and few between, but it does happen. In Florida, one type of voter fraud, the submission of false voter registration information, is a felony in the third degree. Florida Statute Section 104.011 sets forth the law regarding this category of voter fraud and those found guilty of this crime can face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.
What Constitutes Voter Fraud?
Voter fraud includes any type of activity that leads to unfairness in the voting process and can include any number of unscrupulous acts – not all of which may actually be illegal. Casting more than your one allotted vote is voter fraud – such as voting in person and also submitting an absentee ballot. Convincing others to commit this activity or bribing voters to cast their votes for a specific candidate would also be considered voter fraud. Casting a vote despite not having the right to do so would be yet another type of voter fraud. If you have been involved in any of these activities, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you to understand the law. Having a criminal record can have long-term consequences for you. It is important to get the facts and know your legal options.
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