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Ineligible felons and sex offenders have been sent mail-in ballots for City of Gainesville election

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Six people on the list of ineligible voters investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement plus at least two sex offenders have been sent ballots for the upcoming City of Gainesville election in November, according to our investigation. Almost every voter on FDLE’s list still shows as eligible to vote, but most do not live in the City of Gainesville and thus will not receive ballots for the November election.

Dedrick Baldwin is currently in Hamilton Correctional Institution in Jasper, serving a 12-year sentence for homicide. According to voterfocus.com, Baldwin’s ballot was mailed today to the address of the Alachua County Jail.

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Arthur Lang is currently in the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, serving a 4-year sentence on 9 charges, some of which are felonies. Voterfocus.com shows Lang as scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot at the Alachua County Jail.

Ronnie Lee is currently in the Alachua County Jail awaiting trial but was released in March 2020 from his previous felony conviction. However, he still has outstanding fees from his previous case. He is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot at the jail address.

Derrick Robinson is ineligible to vote because he is a registered sex offender. Voterfocus.com shows that he is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot.

Willie Cunningham, Jr., is ineligible to vote because he has outstanding financial obligations from a previous felony conviction. Voterfocus.com shows that he is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot.

Floyd Haley is currently in the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, serving an 18-month sentence on a felony charge. Voterfocus.com shows that he is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot at his home address.

Carl Henderson is ineligible to vote because he is a registered sex offender. Voterfocus.com shows that he is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot.

Larry Richardson is ineligible to vote because he is a registered sex offender. Voterfocus.com shows that he is scheduled to receive a mail-in ballot.

Florida statutes require that voters be removed from the rolls when convicted of a felony or registered as a sex offender. Felons can register once the terms of their sentence are complete unless convicted on murder or sexual offense charges. The responsibility for identifying these individuals varies, but Florida Statutes 98.093(3) says, “This section does not limit or restrict the supervisor in his or her duty to remove the names of persons from the statewide voter registration system pursuant to s. 98.075(7) based upon information received from other sources.” The public records requests here show that Alachua County Supervisor Kim Barton has been aware of the potential ineligibility of six of the above individuals since at least June 29, 2021.

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