by George Rasley
Ana Ceballos, reporting for my hometown newspaper The Naples Daily News, posted a bombshell article detailing the Democrats’ potentially criminal strategy to use chaos and the margin of litigation to steal Florida’s close election for U.S. Senator, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture.
Ms. Ceballos reports that a day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.
The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties complete a required recount in three top races, reported Ceballos.
But, says Ceballos, an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.
One Palm Beach Democrat said in an interview the idea was to have voters fix and submit as many absentee ballots as possible with the altered forms in hopes of later including them in vote totals if a judge ruled such ballots were allowed.
Ms. Ceballos reports the Democratic Party email was sent before U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his party allies filed a series of lawsuits challenging some voting rules that applied during the election, claiming they disenfranchised voters.
It is not clear how many altered forms were sent across the state, but the email from Jennifer Kim, the party’s central Florida deputy field director who also served as deputy training director, outlined a step-by-step process for volunteers and staffers to follow in order to get as many voters as possible to submit the altered form three days after the deadline.
“The voters MUST print out the form and sign it by hand,” Kim wrote in the email that attached copies of the altered forms in both English and Spanish. The email also included a sheet with the contact information of all election supervisors in the state reported Ms. Ceballos.
Among those Democrats on Kim’s email, reports Ceballos, was Joe Walters of Brandon, listed by the Nelson campaign as a recount contact.
Ms. Ceballos reports Ms. Kim was clear that staffers should target people who submitted absentee vote-by-mail ballots before Election Day and did not sign them properly. Her email subject line said “VBM signature cure instructions” and labeled the list of voters to be contacted as “VBM signature chases.”
It will surprise no conservative to learn that U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker ruled yesterday that voters should have until Saturday to correct signatures on ballots, a move that could open the door for these ballots returned with altered forms to be counted. Republicans supporting Gov. Rick Scott, who leads Nelson by less than 13,000 votes in the recount, appealed the ruling according to Ms. Ceballos’ report.
As we explained yesterday in our article “The Democrats’ Goal Is Election Chaos,” the post-Election Day chaos in Florida, Georgia and elsewhere is not due to incompetence. It is part of a larger, long term plan that has been executed by Democrats to move as many elections as possible into what our friend election lawyer J. Christian Adams calls “the margin of litigation.”
Once inside the margin of litigation, election laws and the rules and deadlines, with which honest Republican candidates complied pre-election, are thrown out the window by activist Leftist judges and highly partisan Democrat supervisors of elections to the advantage of Democratic candidates and committees who knew in advance that ballots that were illegal on their face would have a good chance of being counted.
And as Ms. Ceballos’ reporting on U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker ruling proves, Democrats were right in their calculation that an activist judge would allow their scheme to work; the deadline has been extended and ballots that were illegal on their face are to be counted.
Just to make things clear: The Democrats’ assumption that a judge would overturn Florida’s statutory deadline for submitting cure affidavits was exactly what happened and their chaos strategy worked exactly as they planned.
Rick Scott won the “machine recount” but conservatives must come to grips with the reality that for the new radical progressive Democratic Party politics is warfare, and the only rule in war is to win. Complying with all the laws and rules pre-election is a recipe for one-Party Democrat rule if there is no way to enforce those laws and rules post-election.