Tallahassee, FL — The Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is coming under fire from Republican officials and the Donald Trump campaign for a picture of a 2016 voting ballot where every option is filled with Democrats. The photo, which submitted to the “alt-right” website World Net Daily by an anonymous Orlando, Florida whistle-blower, shows both Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine occupying every choice for President. It appears the photo’s origins are at an early polling place in Orange County.
“We are definitely concerned about this,” said Secretary Detzner, a Republican reading from a prepared statement early this morning, “and we will get to the bottom of it. The people of Florida have the right to an election free of corruption and voter fraud.”
Voting-rights groups in recent months have clashed with Secretary Detzner’s office, particularly over the state’s moves to purge non-U.S. citizens from the rolls and restrict early voting. It is unclear if this is a retaliation for those actions. Many election officials in Florida have a deep distrust of Detzner, maintaining that the controversial government officials is not “working with them.”
The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 regulates the conduct of election campaigns to protect the integrity of the political process and to ensure effective political debate. Federal oversight is provided by the United States Attorney General who is the controversial figure Democrat Loretta Lynch. Lynch was recently under fire for a secret meeting with Bill Clinton just prior to the release FBI’s findings in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
The matter has not been referred to Federal officials yet, as Secretary Detzner prefers to keep the investigation with State authorities.