Despite all the accusations from Trump and Republicans of voter fraud in Florida, authorities have declared there was no evidence it occurred — after 18 months of investigating.
Voter forms were altered, not to tamper with the election results, but in anticipation of a favorable ruling from a judge to fix flawed ballots.
Then-governor Rick Scott had alleged that tampering with ballots was hurting his chances of winning in the state of Florida.
Scott had also said that the supervisor of Broward County had not observed ballot-counting properly. Politico reported that this allegation was also false, according to a separate investigation.
Trump also accused Democrats in Florida of tampering with the election in 2018. A November 8, 2018 tweet from the president, “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!”
The most ironic element to this investigation: Republican-dominated Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen counted 12 votes that were emailed in, which was a violation of state law. However, these were not counted as tampering with an election, so the act will not be prosecuted.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, “Although the altered form was evidently disseminated prior to the USDC’s extension of the submission deadline date, no evidence of fraudulent intent to use the altered form was developed during the investigation.”