State’s Attorney’s Office Says Sheriff Candidate TK Waters Did Not Commit Voter Fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Recent reports questioning the residency of Jacksonville sheriff nominee TK Waters allege voter fraud.
But a spokesperson for the 4th Circuit State’s Attorney’s Office said they had not received or found any evidence of voter fraud on Waters’ behalf. The comments were sent to News4JAX after online outlet ‘The Tributary’ raised the possibility that Waters had committed voter fraud, saying the election supervisor said he lived in a part of town, while his campaign said he lived elsewhere.
Waters then released a statement to us which read in part, “After the tragic death of our son in our home, my wife and I made the difficult decision to move and began renting in other locations. Between moves earlier this year, I inadvertently kept my voter registration at a previous address, although I was not required to change it, until my permanent home, under construction, was finished and ready to move in.
On Friday morning, the state’s attorney’s office said it had reviewed the relevant laws and facts surrounding Waters’ residence – in light of recent reports.
Spokesman David Chapman’s statement went on to say:
“Florida case law defines lawful residence as a “place where a person has fixed an abode with the present intention of making it his or her permanent residence. Waters’ current voter registration remains associated with his last legal residence in Duval County.
Since leaving his last “legal residence”, Waters has rented a series of temporary residences in Duval County while awaiting the completion of his new home, also located in Duval County. Waters has not yet established a new “legal residence” – as he has not yet lived in a residence intended to become his permanent residence – and therefore there is a reasonable basis to argue that Waters was not required to change their address with the Election Supervisor.
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The statement from the state’s attorney’s office ends by saying, “Most importantly, we have not received or found any evidence of voter fraud,” in reference to TK Waters’ residence.
Waters is one of five candidates on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election for sheriff.
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