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Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Votes illegally cast in Florida

January 24, 2001

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— More than 2,000 illegal ballots were cast Nov. 7 by Floridians who signed affirmations swearing they were eligible to vote but were not, a review of election records in 25 Florida counties shows. The ballots, which all counted in the election, came from unregistered voters, ineligible felons and a handful of senior citizens who voted absentee first, then voted again at their local precinct after swearing they hadn't voted yet.

The voters cast ballots even though their names were not on precinct voter registration lists. All they had to do was sign the affirmations swearing they were eligible to vote. Poll workers never checked, ignoring county rules intended to combat fraud. Elections officials say the workers were overwhelmed by high voter turnout.

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