2.5 Duplicate Votes Found in 2020 General Election Data in Florida
On a daily basis, the Florida Division of Elections displays the number of Vote-by-Mail ballots that have been returned and the number of Early Votes cast throughout Florida - Florida Division of Elections Vote-By-Mail & Early Vote Statistics. According to the Florida Division of Elections files, tallyED analysts believe their displayed number of votes cast statewide includes 2.5 duplicate votes…
Duplicate Vote 1 – A voter in Sarasota County requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot on May 8, 2020. The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office mailed the ballot on September 24, 2020 and it was returned on October 1, 2020. The same voter, matched by their voter ID – the unique 9-digit ID assigned to each voter when he/she registers to vote by the Florida Division of Elections – then requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot from Charlotte County on October 6, 2020, mailed by the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections on October 7, 2020 and returned on October 14, 2020. Both of these Vote-by-Mail ballots are showing as ‘Voted’ in the Vote-by-Mail file made available by the Florida Division of Elections. According to the latest voter file distributed by the Florida Division of Elections, this voter’s registration is in Charlotte County where the second ballot was returned.
Duplicate Vote 2 – A registered voter in Miami-Dade County voted on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the John F Kennedy Library Early Voting site in Hialeah, FL. The same voter then voted on the same day at the Golden Gate Community Center Early Voting site in Naples, FL in Collier County. The two early voting locations are one hour and forty minutes apart driving across Interstate 75. The Early Voting file only displays the Date the Early Vote occurred, so there is an assumption that the first vote occurred in Miami-Dade County where the voter was initially registered to vote but is unknown until a time stamp of the votes is generated.
Duplicate Vote 2.5 – This case has stumped our analysts. The same voter ID appears in the statewide Early Voting file twice, but with a different name and county. Normally, the first name and last name would match as was the case in Duplicate Vote 1 and Duplicate Vote 2. In this case, the same voter ID voted in Putnam County on October 20, 2020 at the South Putnam Government Center and then again in Hillsborough County on October 21, 2020 at the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library. The voter ID appears in the Putnam County voter file but does not appear in the Hillsborough County voter file, which is why this is only a half duplicate vote because it may be an incorrect data entry. The voter’s name appearing on the Hillsborough County Early Voting record is not found in the Florida voter file.
We also found one duplicate vote in the 2020 Primary Election during Early Voting as well - read more here. tallyED.com analysts will continue to sift through the daily Vote-by-Mail and Early Voting files to find any other interesting anomalies in the data.