Lake County

Lake County officials: Emails sent encouraging voters NOT to vote by mail causes confusion

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Lake County’s supervisor of elections said at least 4,000 voters received false voter information from two organizations.

The Republican Party of Lake County and Florida4America.org sent out emails to Republican voters who requested an absentee ballot and listed their e-mail addresses.

The email encourages the voter NOT to vote by mail.

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According to a Lake County news release, “much of the information being provided is incorrect and is promoting confusion among voters.”

The county’s supervisor said they requested this information from public records.

On Tuesday, Lake County held a news conference with the intent to “set the record straight and clear up the false information being disseminated by these organizations.”

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Lake County said its goal is to ensure the voters of Lake County have confidence in the vote-by-mail process.

“Unfortunately, the Florida legislature for the past three years has refused to grant voters their privacy

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by exempting email addresses and telephone numbers from public record requests,” said Lake County’s Supervisor of Elections Alan Hayes.

The Florida task force on elections was notified but Lake County has not heard back.

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