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State asks U.S. to help ferret out double-registered voters

LUCY MORGAN
Published August 28, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of State Glenda Hood has asked the FBI and federal election officials to help Florida deal with voters who are registering and voting in more than one state.

Hood said Florida has at least one case in which a Brevard County voter cast ballots in multiple federal elections. Brevard Elections Supervisor Fred D. Galey has asked State Attorney Norman Wolfinger to prosecute Joseph M. Moschella, a Republican from Melbourne Beach, who is accused of voting in Florida and New York in the 2000 general election.

Galey, in a letter to Hood earlier this week, said Florida should "take decisive action" to stop intentional violation of election laws.

Hood agreed and asked for federal help.

"We believe that immediate and decisive action on the federal level is necessary to send a strong message that this type of illegal behavior and manipulation of the electoral franchise will not be tolerated," Hood wrote.

Voters who cast ballots in more than one state were identified by the New York Daily News last weekend. The newspaper said it found more than 46,000 New York voters who were also registered to vote in Florida when it compared statewide lists from the two states.

Florida has a list of all voters registered in the state but does not routinely compare lists with those of other states.

Hood warned voters this week that it is a felony to register to vote in more than one state.

Besides sending a letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, Hood asked DeForest Blake Soaries Jr., chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, to determine what can be done to stop the illegal practice before the November election.

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