Florida’s governor, who is leading a disputed purge of voter registration rolls, had to cast a provisional ballot in 2006 because officials mistakenly thought he was dead, election officials said on Thursday. Governor Rick Scott was required to use a provisional ballot in the 2006 primary and general elections because Collier County election officials had received a Social Security Death Index Death Record that led them to believe he had died on January 27, 2006. In fact the deceased was Richard E. Scott, who had the same birthday as the governor, December 1, 1952. The governor’s full name is Richard Lynn Scott. Election officials verified that Scott was among the living and his ballots were counted.
“I’ve been here for more than seven years and it’s the first time I am aware of somebody who was removed for being deceased and it was a mistake,” said Tim Durham, Collier County deputy election supervisor. “It was the exact same name, Florida resident, identical date of birth.” Scott took office in January 2011. Spokesman Lane Wright said the incident underscores the governor’s contention that his push to purge the voting rolls of ineligible voters will not prevent eligible voters from casting ballots.
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