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Public records requests show active FDLE investigation of Supervisor of Elections office

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Documents received through public records requests show that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is actively pursuing an investigation against the office of Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton and former employee T.J. Pyche.

Our previous report on the investigation details the allegations, including evidence that Pyche visited the Alachua County Jail on three dates in 2020 and registered at least 9 inmates who later voted while they were ineligible to vote under Florida law. At least 18 people voted by mail from the Alachua County Jail, and of those, 10 had recent convictions before voting in the 2020 general election and were thus still serving their sentences at the time of the election, a clear violation of the law. 12 of the inmates who voted are now in state prison, and 4 were awaiting trial for battery, kidnapping, homicide, and murder as of June 1, 2021. All 18 owed fines, fees, and/or restitution from cases that preceded their registrations and/or ballots.

Pyche resigned from his $64,118 salary position on June 24, 2021, effective July 9, 2021, shortly after the FDLE investigation began.

On June 29, 2021, FDLE Crime Intelligence Analyst Madeline Nicholl sent a public records request to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, asking for certified copies of Alachua County Voter Registration forms for 31 voters. Of the 31, 18 are the ineligible inmates discussed in our earlier report, and the other 13 are felons who are ineligible to vote, including a sex offender and a federal inmate.

On July 16, 2021, Nicholl sent a second public records request asking for “All emails associated with amendment 4 voter registration, inmate and felon registrations, Jail Outreach services, or any emails relating to the Alachua county jail sent or received by” Pyche or Barton, from January 1, 2020, through the present day.

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Mail-in ballots for the City of Gainesville Special Election in November will be going out in a few weeks, and many of these ineligible voters have standing requests to receive mail-in ballots. For example, the first name on the list, Dedrick Baldwin, Sr., has a mailing address at the Alachua County Jail and is scheduled to receive a mail ballot for the November election. Dedrick was arrested on May 11, 2019, and sentenced to 12 years in jail on multiple felony charges on August 2, 2021. Information on the registration status of voters can be looked up here with the information on the list in the June 29 public records request.

  • What this article fails to mention is that the local Supervisor of Elections office is not the validating authority for whether or not a voter’s registration is accepted. That’s the state’s responsibility. This information is conveniently left out, but important in understanding that the Supervisor’e office did not break the law.

  • I was a volunteer poll watcher again, like every four years. I can’t say I saw anything obviously illegal but can say I saw how it’d be possible to organize illegal voting and get away with it, if anyone (or org. group effort) wanted to. Fortunately, our state legislature and governor are aware of those weaknesses, and act now to reduce the chances of fraud. That’s especially true in the age of un-American social media mob rule and Silicon Valley commie sympathizers from top to bottom, who wish to undo our great country’s 200+ years of unprecedented *true* progress.

  • Funny how mainly democraps think they can do as they please and get anyone to vote for their candidates even thou it’s against the law. Guiding an illegal voter to cast a ballot when you know it’s improper may be against the law too ( even if you are the stupi-visor of elections). Should be thrown out of office at any rate. Anyone ever attempting to ensure the law is followed and only citizens vote is branded a racist, and blah, blah, blah.getting to sound like just ignorant noise. But, Get Antifa and blm to burn down city hall and the town in a “peaceful protest” with looting, that’ll be fine huh? No crime would be prosecuted.

    • I’ve worked for Supervisor of Elections during voting and shesvalways preached to us about the importance for the laws that governs one right to vote with in the law.She’s always been very up front about her workers following the laws. This is hard press to believe she would go against the laws of voters rights to vote and those who doesn’t have the right to vote..There has to be something else going on here.

  • 104.051 Violations; neglect of duty; corrupt practices.—

    (2) Any official who willfully refuses or willfully neglects to perform his or her duties as prescribed by this election code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree

  • What’s most interesting is it’s taken 10 months after the 2020 election for the state to investigate this. That gives even more encouragement for organized election crime groups, knowing it’d be impossible to overturn an election that much later. Hence the need for state legislatures to act now to prevent mob rule in ‘22 and beyond.

    • Nov. 16th special election should be postponed until the voter rolls are purged of illegal voters.

  • Aren’t there better places than jails to recruit voters? Unless, of course, you want those kinds of people voting. Oh, wait….

  • swampymcgee (September 27, 2021): Investigate Kim Barton to get the party startin’

    Go Gators! Go InvestiGators!

    Alachua Chronicle (9/28/21): Public records requests show active FDLE investigation of Supervisor of Elections office

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