Florida A detailed complaint made by a Democrat whistleblower about a long-running, prevalent ballot harvesting process in the African-American communities in politically significant central Florida has been forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new election crimes unit, which has recommended state police launch a full criminal investigation.
Cynthia Harris, a former candidate for Orange County Commissioner, filed a sworn affidavit with the Secretary of State’s office in late August alleging that illegal third-party ballot collection operations have been going on for years in the Orlando region, where voting activists are charged $10 for each ballot they gather.
She described a complex structure run by organizations with leftist leanings that send brokers to black communities to persuade voters to turn in their ballots. The parties who assist in the harvesting split the $10 price per ballot.
In Florida, it is against the law for third parties to collect and deliver ballots.
According to the Florida State Department’s statement to Just the News on Wednesday, the newly established Office of Election Crimes and Security conducted a preliminary investigation into Harris’ claims and came to the conclusion that there was enough evidence to support a thorough criminal investigation by the state police.
“The Florida Department of State, Office of Election Crimes and Security (OECS) was made aware of this issue around September 1, 2022,” the department stated. “After further inquiry, OECS received additional information related to the allegation on October 17, 2022, and performed a preliminary investigation,”
The statement continued, “Since OECS is an investigative entity and does not [have] authority to make arrests, the office forwarded the complaint to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for possible violation of section 104.0616, Florida Statutes.”
The Florida development adds an explosive new charge to longstanding worries that vote trafficking is common in some competitive states, a claim made famous by studies from the conservative watchdog group True the Vote and a documentary titled “2,000 Mules” that was published earlier this year.
The most recent conviction for ballot harvesting in Arizona came from prosecutors who convinced a former Democrat mayor of Yuma County to enter a guilty plea. In Georgia, True the Vote filed a lawsuit saying that thousands of ballots were stolen during the 2020 election, but the claims have not yet been proven as officials bargain with the nonprofit organization for its supporting documentation. A sophisticated ballot collecting operation that targeted vulnerable nursing home patients in places like Racine, Wisconsin, was exposed by a Wisconsin inquiry.
Harris, who barely lost her race for county commissioner in August, told Just the News about her years of experience with ballot harvesting in central Florida’s black communities. She even obtained the script that the ballot harvester’s superiors gave her to use when asking a voter to put in their ballot, recording a ballot broker visiting her home to collect it in 2017.
“So what happens is in our community when absentee ballots are mailed, you the candidate or any political party can find out when the absentee ballots are mailed and to whom what happens is these ballot harvesters, they know which batch has gone out, they go to the door and they ask you for your absentee ballot.” Harris said on Wednesday night’s episode of “Just the News, No Noise” of the television program.
She said, alluding to white neighborhoods, “Well, in communities that don’t look like me, no one does this.”. “But in our community it’s kind of like an accepted practice that the man is coming by to pick up my absentee ballot or the lady is coming to pick up my absentee ballot.”
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In her sworn affidavit, Harris identifies specific individuals who direct and act as ballot brokers and were paid to collect ballots and provides intricate details on how the system allegedly works, along with emails, receipts, video footage and other evidence.
“Ballot brokers typically work up to a year in advance,” she stated. “Ballot brokers visit individuals in their residences and assists the individual with filling out a request for a mail-in ballot. After the mail-in ballot arrives, the voter is instructed to wait for the ballot broker returns to the individuals residence. They are asked to not seal the certificate envelope.”
“In rare circumstances, if the voter has filled out the ballot and sealed the envelope certificate, the ballot broker will take the ballot and then steam open the sealed envelope,” the affidavit added. “The ballot broker will either correct any votes, if necessary, that were not voted according to their wishes or just throw them out.” CONTINUE READING…