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A 20-year-old Florida man used an online form to change Gov. Ron DeSantis’s registered address in what appeared to be a bid to try and prevent him from being able to vote.
When the governor subsequently tried casting a ballot in Tallahassee this Monday, he “was told his address had been changed from the governor’s mansion to 2185 Pretty Lane, a small apartment complex in West Palm Beach, 420 miles (675 kilometers) away,” according to the Associated Press.
This could have effectively prevented him from being able to vote had he not had the authority to have the issue promptly remedied.
“The problem was quickly fixed and the Republican governor and close ally of President Donald Trump was allowed to vote,” the AP confirmed.
It’s not clear whether the problem would have been rectified as quickly had the victim been an average person versus the governor.
Afterward, DeSantis contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which determined that his address had been altered online from a home in Naples.
The day next, authorities visited the home and arrested Anthony Guevara, 20, who “admitted changing DeSantis’ address through the elections website in Leon County, where Tallahassee is located,” according to the AP.
How could this possibly have happened?
“Leon County Elections Supervisor Mark Earley said there are two online systems where voters can change their address. The one Guevara has been accused of accessing is aimed at routine transactions like address changes and requires only the voter’s birth date. It has safeguards to prevent hackers from executing mass changes, he said,” the AP reported.
“The second, more secure system is aimed more at initial voter registrations, but can also be used to change an address. It requires knowing the person’s driver’s license number, the date it was issued and the last four digits of his or her Social Security number.”
Guevara reportedly obtained the governor’s date of birth from Wikipedia and then used it to access his records via Leon County’s first online system.
He now faces two third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison — one for accessing a computer without authorization, and another for illegally altering voting records.
What remains unclear is the motivation. While it may be tempting to assume Guevara is some left-wing zealot, according to the AP he’s a registered Republican …
Of course, he might be a “Never Trumper” type Republican who’s lost his mind. He certainly wouldn’t be the first:
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 6, 2020
Or he could just be mentally unstable.
“Guevara also told agents he accessed voter information on U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and basketball stars LeBron James and Michael Jordan, but said he didn’t change anyone else’s records,” the AP noted.
What’s clear is that America’s election systems aren’t as safe from acts of fraud, hacking and manipulation as Democrats would have one believe.
Of course, the media claim the exact opposite.
“If there’s a conspiracy to swing the election, it’s one alleging, not committing, voter fraud,” a report from The Washington Post published Wednesday reads.
The dubious report was published during the same week that the following acts of fraud voter/manipulation were reported by more reliable outlets:
A Maine woman was charged for using a former roommate’s absentee ballot to cast a vote.
The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched an investigation into videos showing a San Antonio politician consultant engaging in and describing voter fraud tactics.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested for requesting an absentee ballot for his deceased mother.
The latter perp is a Trump supporter, a fact that seems to suggest that concerns about voter fraud ought to be a bipartisan issue. But it’s not. Only Republicans ever seem to care about it. In fact, it appears that the outlet that reported the story, HuffPost, never ran a story about voter fraud up til a Trump supporter committed it.
“Although actual cases of people impersonating a registered voter in order to artificially alter vote totals are infinitesimally rare, Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that mail-in voting, which states have made more available this election cycle due to COVID-19, is a magnet for ‘fraud,'” the partisan outlet reported.
“But to the extent that ‘voter fraud’ is a problem this year, Trump might want to take a closer look at his own supporters.”
Because HuffPost exists in a left-wing echo chamber, its writers appear to be unaware of the numerous voter fraud cases involving Democrats that have occurred this election cycle.
Trump vindicated on voter fraud; Elections judge convicted of stuffing ballots for Dems https://t.co/hBl8401k8T
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 22, 2020
Just earlier this very month, a registered Democrat in Florida, Larry Wiggins, was arrested for requesting a mail-in ballot for his deceased wife.
Press release and details are now out and available. The suspect’s name is Larry Wiggins, 62, a black male who, according to my most-recent voter file, is a registered Democrat. The decedent was his wife. To those who theorized the fraudster was a white Trump backer, he isnt pic.twitter.com/QcDGw0zdhw
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) October 2, 2020