In what he called an apparent statewide effort to suppress Republican voter turnout, Palm Beach Town Councilman Bill Diamond said he received a letter questioning his eligibility as a registered voter.
The official-looking letter came with Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher’s name emblazoned at the top, Diamond said. The envelope – mailed with a first-class stamp – bears a Seattle, Wash., postmark. Diamond’s housekeeper and five family members, all of whom reside in Lake Worth, also received the letter.
Diamond said that when he contacted Bucher, she assured him there were only about 14 people in the county who have eligibility issues, and he was not one of them. She said the letters were not from her office.
“There is no question that this is an attempt — and a strong attempt — to discourage Republicans from voting,” Diamond told BizPac Review. “This is a travesty of American justice, mail fraud and election fraud.”
Included with the letter is a “Voter Eligibility Form,” which requests personal information such as a Social Security number, Florida driver’s license number or an ID card number. The letter states in bold print that “failure to submit the form within 15 days will result in the removal of your name from the voter registration rolls and you will no longer be eligible to vote.” It also threatens arrest and imprisonment for voting when not registered.
The matter has been turned over to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, and the Florida Division of Elections is also investigating.
Biz Pac Review reported earlier today that letters have surfaced in Orange and Collier Counties. Anyone receiving a letter should contact local officials immediately.