Fineout: Does Florida have a voter fraud problem?

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Gary Fineout asks about a problem I’m not sure exists in Florida:As the GOP-controlled Legislature pushes ahead with a widespread elections bill, those pushing the bill deny that it has anything to do with targeting voters who could be voting Democratic in next year’s crucial presidential election. Instead the rallying cry behind the bill has been that the legislation is needed in order to combat voter fraud. ‘We have to protect this election process and operate it correctly so that result has integrity for everyone of you,’ said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala and sponsor of the House version – HB 1355. ‘We have to protect this election process and operate it correctly so that result has integrity for everyone of you. If the vote matters as much to you as it does to me, why don? you want to protect it?’ Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, got up on the House floor and said that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has repeatedly been called into look at voter fraud across the state. Eisnaugle did not cite any specific examples during his House floor remarks. But when asked about it later, a House press person produced four documents. Several of them dealt with allegations of voter registration fraud.

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