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Quite a few snowbirds from Florida voted twice in the 2020 election: “We are not playing around”

These are the nice snowbirds -- and they would never vote illegally

… it appears to be so easy

Now, the number of illegal voters in Florida in the 2020 presidential election appears to be in double-digits, and most of them seem to be snowbirds.

By definition, a “snowbird” can be a person who travels to states with warmer climates for the winter — as well as those pretty birds above.

However, the election officials in Florida are seeking some of the human snowbirds because at least 16 of them are suspected of voting illegally in 2020.

The three who have already been charged in the Villages Community are in trouble. The other 12 are very suspicious right now.

Here is the update to the story

Florida election officials are hunting for snowbird voter fraud in the 2020 election, combing through records to uncover people who cast ballots in multiple states.

So far three residents of the sprawling Villages retirement community have been charged with voting more than once in last year’s presidential election. Lake County has turned over another six possible cases to state prosecutors for further investigation, and Osceola County flagged seven problematic votes.

Voter fraud is rare, and the tiny number of potentially fraudulent votes out of the more than 10 million cast in Florida wouldn’t have changed the results.

But election officials say they want to send a message to anyone thinking of voting more than once in an election. Florida is home to a large number of seasonal residents with multiple addresses who could try to mail in a ballot in one state and vote in person in another.

“You commit fraud in the state of Florida, and we will do everything possible to catch and charge you,” said Wesley Wilcox, president of the Florida Supervisors of Elections’ association. “One of the benefits of charging these people is it’s a deterrent. It may take me a year to catch you, but I will catch you.”

Skyler Swisher, “Florida election officials hunt for snowbirds others who voted twice in the 2020 election: ‘We are not playing around’,” Orlando Sentinel, December 17, 2021

The first three who have been charged are registered Republicans, and they have expressed their preference on social media for someone other than Joe Biden. Nothing is known about the rest — and whether or not they are truly snowbirds.

Social media posts supporting former President Donald Trump can be found on Facebook pages appearing to belong to Halstead and Rider. News 6-WKMG reported that a Facebook page appearing to belong to Ketcik also had pro-Trump posts, although the page seems to have been deleted.

The Villages is a bastion of Trump support with 67% of Sumter County voters favoring him in the 2020 election.

Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, December 17, 2021

Florida part of national network

Ironically, Florida, which is the state that sent a man to the White House only because of Supreme Court intervention, amid a flurry of violations, has worked to prevent people from voting illegally like these snowbirds did,

In 2019, Florida joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, a system that allows election officials to crosscheck voting records in 29 states and the District of Columbia, said Wilcox, the elections supervisor in Marion County.

Before, it was much more difficult to detect people who vote more than once and keep voting files updated, he said.

The list of participating states includes prime sources of snowbirds, such as Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. New York and New Jersey don’t participate in ERIC, which is a nonprofit organization that states can choose to join.

Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, December 17, 2021

Stay tuned for more on this.

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