Voting Snafu in Leon County

A problem discovered in Leon County may be just the tip of the iceberg. At the center of the issue, not hanging chads, but photocopied voter registration forms. And now, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

The Leon County elections office has received around 2,000 voter registration forms that are casting doubt.

Janet Olin, assistant supervisor of elections, says most of the forms were filled out at FAMU and FSU, but all were marked Republican. And now, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating possible fraud.

Tom Berlinger, FDLE Spokesperson, said, “It’s kind of hard to determine the validity of a document when it's a Xerox copy. Our investigators are trying to find the source, where the original are, and who's got them and whether or not if they're valid.”

While elections officials and investigators say the motive is unknown, there is one thing students at Florida A&M University know their vote of confidence for the system has taken a hit.

Keneshia Grant, SGA Vice President, FAMU, said, “We make strides to get students to register and participate and then when things like this happen, it's hard to keep their faith in voting.”

Now for the good news: Elections officials say no voters will be disenfranchised due to the photocopies.

Each applicant will be sent a voter card minus a designation of party affiliation.


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