Duplicate voter registrations plague Florida’s election system

DUPLICATED?: More than 700 voter Id, included in Florida voters rolls, seems to have been duplicated, and investigation show.
DUPLICATED?: More than 700 voter Id, included in Florida voters rolls, seems to have been duplicated, and investigation show.

When it comes to voting, the rules are clear: One person, one address and one vote.

At least that’s how it’s suppose to work.

But Andrew Ladanowski, owner of the computer software company AddinSolutions Inc., suspects Florida’s Division of Elections isn’t cross checking.

To verify his suspicions, he did “a very quick analysis” of Miami-Dade’s voting system and turned up 44 voter IDs issued to the same person. Elections officials admit 42 of those 44 were in fact duplicates.

All in all, some 762 Florida voters have more than one county-issued voter ID card. Some are registered with the same address, and others are registered in different counties.

On its own, duplicate registrations do not constitute fraud. Lots of people move or change names, leaving old registrations on the rolls. But with no one checking, duplicate voting could become a problem.

“Testing this small sample, I informed the SOE (the supervisor of elections) that a person voted twice in person in the November 2012 election,” Ladanowski said.

Elections officials say it was a clerical error.

Read more at Watchdog.org.

By: Marianela Toledo

 

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