Jacksonville men working for petition company accused of registering deceased people to vote
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Two Jacksonville men have been charged with fraudulently attempting to register more than 60 people to vote, and investigators said some of the people they attempted to register had died.
The director of registration at the office of the Duval County Election Supervisor told investigators that she noticed that many voter registration requests were submitted by a third party this summer. This is not necessarily a problem, but staff said the problem was the information submitted with the forms.
Mismatched signatures and inconsistencies with personal information are the issues election officials and investigators uncovered as they reviewed dozens of voter registration forms that were handed over.
Prosecutors said the suspicious forms had initials on the back – JD and DK – and investigators traced them to Devin King and Jordan Daniels.
Of the 60 requests associated with the two men, investigators say 23 were submitted for people who had not changed their listings or authorized someone else to do so for them. Ten more were signed after the death of voters.
King was arrested on November 3 and Daniels was arrested on November 17. News4JAX’s attempts to reach them were unsuccessful. If found guilty, each man faces at least 10 years in prison.
The state attorney’s office said their motivation appeared to be individual monetary gain rather than political ends.
According to reports from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the records revealed the pair worked for a company called Grassfire, a petition and canvassing company. News4JAX tried to contact Grassfire but got no response.
In a statement, Duval County Election Supervisor Mike Hogan said, “The discovery of these attempted fraud shows that the system here in Duval County and across Florida is secure and trustworthy. Voters can be confident that their information is secure and will be counted accurately. “
Investigators said they did not know how many voters could be affected by this. If you are a registered voter, the Comptroller of Elections asks you to check your voter registration to make sure all information is correct. Any irregularity must be reported to his office.
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