A snowbird casts two votes for president — one in Florida and another in his or her home state up North. It’s possible, and election supervisors are looking into reports of it happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties in the 2014 general election. But such double voting represents a minuscule number of the ballots cast in a federal election, voting-rights advocates say, and trying to stop what appears to be an inconsequential problem could result in eligible voters being disenfranchised. The problem isn’t people voting twice. It is people not voting at all, said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “We should be focusing on enfranchising more voters and making it easier for people to vote,” she said.
Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher turned over 14 names to the State Attorney’s Office of people who might have voted twice in the 2014 general election. In Florida, voting twice in a federal election is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
Andrew Ladanowski, a data analyst from Coral Springs, recently raised the issue with Bucher’s office after comparing voter rolls from Florida, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes says she is looking into 18 possible double votes identified by Ladanowski.
More than 400,000 people in Palm Beach County voted in the 2014 general election.