Is Florida Ready for the 2020 Elections?

TAMPA — As America’s most prized presidential battleground state and a focal point for increased voter turnout, Florida is ill-prepared for mail-in voting according to a new scathing report. The analysis found that Florida’s flawed voter rolls include widespread deceased and duplicate registrants, potential for double voting, and registrants with non-residential addresses.

“Florida’s concerning registered voter lists paired with the expected surge in vote-by-mail this fall is like watching a high-speed train collision occur in slow motion,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “As a must win state for both political parties, Florida’s history with election integrity, ballot counting and voter rolls makes it particularly vulnerable to potential errors and fraud as we near Election Day. Our report’s findings will hopefully spur action by election supervisors and officials across the state to protect the integrity of the coming elections.”

Summary of Findings

  • Deceased registrants — South Florida dominates in terms of deceased registrants remaining on the voter rolls, with Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade among the top counties. As of October 2019:
    • Palm Beach: 3,656 deceased voters on list and 139 votes cast by deceased voters.
    • Broward: 3,339 deceased voters on list and 10 votes cast by deceased voters.
    • Miami-Dade: 2,323 deceased voters on list and 45 votes cast by deceased voters.
    • Hillsborough: 1,121 deceased voters on list and nine votes cast by deceased voters.
    • Orange: 1,000 deceased voters on list and nine votes cast by deceased voters.
  • Double voting – 1,836 Floridians’ records indicate that they voted twice in a national election with a second vote being cast in a different state.

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