Florida officials have no plans to investigate voter fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - President Donald Trump is calling for a national investigation into voter fraud, but officials say it isn't happening here.

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

Florida Democrats were quick to pounce on the president's tweet, pointing out that the investigation should start with Trump's own chief strategist, who was registered in both New York and Sarasota. After the posting, Steve Banyon's name was quickly removed from voter rolls in Sarasota.

Senate Democratic leader Oscar Braynon followed with a letter calling on the secretary of state to investigate.

"What I realized is that if there were voting irregularities, then that would mean he didn't win, and if that's the case, maybe they need to investigate," said Braynon.

Reports of voter fraud are few and far between, and every complaint is investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Just over 20 million votes were cast in Florida over the last two election cycles. Thirteen complaints were received by the department of law enforcement.

Elections supervisors downplayed the potential before the election.

"It would be virtually impossible," said Ron Labasky with the Supervisors of Elections Association

And they stand by their statements.

Senate ethics and elections chair Kathleen Passidomo says there are no plans to open an investigation.

"We haven't seen anything. We haven't been asked to investigate. I think he's talking about other states perhaps. I haven't heard him speak about any voter fraud he's identified in Florida," she said.

In a statement, the secretary of state's spokesperson said the office is not aware of widespread voter fraud and safeguards are in place to prevent it.

And Governor Rick Scott, who is ultimately responsible for how elections are run in Florida, is saying only that he is glad we had record turnout and a smooth election in November.