Alachua County Election Supervisor Denies Wrongdoing in Election Fraud Investigation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Alachua County Election Supervisor Kim Barton released a statement on Friday denying wrongdoing regarding an election fraud investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Officers examine the election office record of 18 inmates to determine whether they voted illegally.
Election supervisor Kim Barton said in a statement: “It is up to the individual to determine if they are eligible to submit an application for voter registration.” She added that the election office does not provide legal advice.
On June 2, 2021, TV 20 confirmed that the State Attorney’s Office informed the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office of the voter fraud charges and that Sheriff Clovis Watson, Jr. ordered the investigation to be entrusted to the FDLE.
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The full press release from the Alachua County Election Supervisor’s Office is below:
Election supervisor clarifies FDLE complaint
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (June 4, 2021) – Election Supervisor Kim A. Barton takes this opportunity to clarify confusion regarding the circumstances of a complaint filed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The complaint alleges that some people who registered to vote at an awareness event at Alachua County Jail and voted in the 2020 primary and general elections, failed to meet legal requirements regarding Florida Amendment 4 / Criminals’ Voting Rights.
Any suggestion that the supervisor’s office intentionally registered ineligible voters is categorically false.
Supervisor Barton looks forward to the opportunity to highlight the voter education programs in her office and to explain the registration form verification and complaint investigation system.
“Voter outreach and education is a fundamental and legally required part of our mission,” said Barton, “the election office partners with high schools, colleges, nursing homes, nursing homes, independent life, the county jail and various organizations to educate and register voters. I am proud of the long-standing partnership with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. I consider this to be an essential service to ensure that people who have met the requirements of the law can exercise their right to vote. “
Citizen outreach at the county jail includes the provision of voter registration educational materials, including information on Amendment 4. It is the individual’s responsibility to determine if they are eligible to submit an application. registration based on this information. The Elections Office cannot and does not provide legal advice.
Registration forms received from jail, or any other source, entered the Florida voter registration system. The authority to verify a person’s eligibility rests with the Florida Division of Elections, not the local election supervisor. The recent complaint is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
“I take any accusation of voter fraud seriously,” Barton explained. “Anyone who submitted false voter registration information should be investigated. My office will have further comments pending the outcome of the FDLE complaint. “
For more information, contact the Alachua County Election Supervisor at 352-374-5252.
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