Florida arrests another individual on election fraud charges

Fox News reports that Florida has just arrested a woman for voter fraud. 

The woman has been identified as 55-year-old Cheryl Ann Leslie of Loxahatchee, Florida, which is located near the state’s southeastern coast, just north of Fort Lauderdale.

Leslie is a registered Democrat.

The allegations

The voter fraud allegation that Leslie is facing stems from the 2020 elections. It is alleged that Leslie voted in two different states.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reports:

Leslie, a physician assistant, voted in both the 2020 federal and state primary elections in Florida and Alaska. Leslie’s Alaska votes were submitted by absentee ballot, and her Florida votes were submitted early and in person in Palm Beach County.

What’s more is that the FDLE, in its investigation, found that this is far from the first time that Leslie did this.

The FDLE news release reads, “the investigation revealed a pattern of double voting as Leslie also voted in both states in 2014, 2016, and 2018.”

Arrested, charged, and in jail

Leslie is now facing two counts of election fraud for casting multiple ballots in an election. These charges are third-degree felonies.

Leslie appears to have attempted to offer an excuse for her double voting to investigators, telling them, according to FDLE’s news release, that “her work as a physician assistant required extensive travel between multiple states.”

It remains to be seen whether this excuse will hold up in court. Leslie was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. It appears as though she is still there – that she has not posted bail, which was set at $1,000.

Background

This latest arrest appears to be the work of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) new Office of Election Crimes and Security. This is one of the measures that DeSantis has taken to try to restore election integrity following the 2020 elections. Leslie’s wasn’t the first arrest, and it doesn’t appear as though it will be the last.

Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Cord Byrd, following Leslie’s arrest, said:

The Florida Department of State, Office of Election Crimes and Security is grateful for our partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This arrest is yet another confirmation to every eligible Florida voter that the Department of State and FDLE are working together to ensure the integrity of their vote and Florida’s elections process.