Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

5 stolen absentee ballots cast in central Florida



The Orlando Sentinel has an interesting story this morning to fuel the flames of bad voting:

By mid-October, Susan Halperin became concerned that she and her husband hadn't received their absentee ballots in the mail.

So Lawrence Halperin called the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office to find out what was going on. He was stunned to learn their ballots had already been cast. Someone had stolen the Halperins' ballots, faked their signatures and voted.

"He was just floored," said Susan Halperin, a registered Democrat. "To think that someone would actually steal my ballot and fill it out is creepy."

The Halperins, who live in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Altamonte Springs just south of State Road 436, weren't the only victims. Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel said they were among five voters in three homes in Spring Valley whose absentee ballots were stolen and then fraudulently submitted with votes cast by someone else.

Ertel said he plans to notify law enforcement to press charges after he's finished with the Nov. 8 election.

More here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:00am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours