State: Eric Lynn didn't commit voter fraud
After nearly nine months, the state has ruled that 13th District Congressional candidate Eric Lynn didn't commit voter fraud by voting in Florida when he lived and worked in Washington D.C. and Maryland.
The complaint, filed in July by Nestor Ojeda-Penaloza, allaged that Lynn violated Florida law by voting in state elections while holding a homestead exemption for property in the District of Columbia and Maryland based on a Tampa Bay Times story.
On Wednesday, the Department of State announced that Lynn didn't break state law (PDF).
"The facts at hand are at least indicative of Mr. Lynn's intention to make Pinellas County his legal residence," wrote assistant general counsel David A. Fugett in a letter dated April 12.
Lynn is involved in the community, owns a home in Pinellas County, receives mail and has a Florida driver's license, among other evidence of his residency, Fugett wrote.
"His claim of homestead exemption outside of the county, alone, is not dispositive in the other direction," Fugett wrote.
Lynn blamed the Washington, D.C. tax office for not removing that exemption while claiming that he deserved the 2014 exemption on his Maryland home because he lived there for nine months of that year.
Lynn said Wednesday that he knew he hadn't committed fraud and said he looked forward to representing his home in Congress.
Lynn is running against former governor Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary for the Pinellas County congressional seat. The primary is Aug. 30.