(JustPatriots.com)- According to a Politico report last week, several Florida counties have opened investigations looking into allegations that convicted felons voted in the 2020 presidential election after a researcher discovered the names of convicted sex offenders and felons still in jail are listed on voting rolls.
In one case, an Alachua County election official is accused of registering felons housed at the county jail, despite Florida law making them ineligible to vote.
Researcher Mark Glaeser began cross-checking the Florida voter rolls against the state’s convicted sex offenders and felons and, according to Politico, it appears that dozens of illegal votes have been found in Alachua, Duval, Gadsden, Leon, and Lake counties.
According to a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Laurel Lee, it is possible that some people who voted in the 2020 election “had not satisfied all legal financial obligations or were otherwise ineligible” to vote “under the parameters of the restoration of voting rights framework.”
In 2018, Florida voters approved an amendment that would restore voting rights to potentially 1.5 million convicted felons, excluding convicted murderers or those convicted of sex crimes.
This year, the Florida legislature approved a measure to set up the Office of Election Crimes and Security dedicated to investigating election fraud tips from the public. The Office has police powers and can investigate, apprehend, and arrest those violating election law.
In addition to ineligible felons, voting records in several states show non-citizens are also turning up on voter rolls.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has been uncovering records that show foreign nationals have been found on voter rolls in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, and California.
PILF recently reached a settlement with state election officials in North Carolina to disclose the number of foreign nationals on its voter rolls.
In Florida, PILF found that, as of November of last year, over 150 election crime referrals have been forwarded to county election officials in the state.
It was reported in 2018 that nearly 250 counties throughout the United States have more registered voters than eligible Americans living in the counties. Additionally, there were almost 3 million people who are registered to vote in more than one state.