Mayor and gubernatorial candidate call for probe into voter ID changes after Local 10 reports

PEMBROKE PARK, Florida. – State and local leaders are calling for an investigation into possible election interference after Local 10 News reported this week that senior citizens in South Florida learned their political party had unknowingly been changed to Republican.

Nikki Fried – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Democratic gubernatorial candidate – wrote a letter on Friday to the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, asking the Department of Justice to open an investigation.

“As a member of the Florida Cabinet, I take these reports of election interference and disenfranchisement extremely seriously,” Fried wrote, citing Local 10 coverage. for civil rights of this disenfranchisement, as the victims are elderly, have low incomes and many do not speak English. I call on the Department of Justice to immediately investigate these reports.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava also wrote a letter Friday to County Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle calling for an investigation.

“On February 2, a local news station reported on apparently fraudulent changes to the voter registration status of a local resident of Haley Sofge Towers, a Miami-Dade public housing building,” said writes the mayor. “Under the alleged guise of voter renewal efforts, canvassers entered the building and spoke with elderly residents, who say they did not approve of the sudden changes in their party affiliation.”

This week’s stories from Local 10 reporter Glenna Milberg follow one of her reports in December about an 84-year-old Miami Democrat who was shocked to receive a new, modified voter ID card .

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On Friday afternoon, Local 10 News received a statement from Helen Aguirre Ferre, executive director of the Florida Republican Party, who said:

“The Florida Republican Party has worked to register hundreds of thousands of voters and is conducting its voter registration operation in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Florida Republican Party is winning an election. Fraudulent voter registration does not contribute to this objective. We will therefore review the allegations made in Miami Dade County.

“Election administration is not a perfect process. That’s why election integrity continues to be a priority for the Florida Republican Party. We are happy to see our fellow Democrats acknowledging the same. We are sure they will join us next session to pass a bipartisan electoral integrity bill.

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