Report: felon voted illegally from Florida jail

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VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A felon serving time in the Indian River County Jail voted by mail in the Nov. 8 election because Florida’s cumbersome system for purging felons from the voter registration rolls had not yet caught up with him.

A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation found no other instances of questionable voting on the Treasure Coast and elections supervisors in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties said they received no official complaints about voter fraud in the November election.

Deszi Marquis Hayes of Vero Beach, who is serving nine-months in jail for a felony traffic conviction, submitted a vote-by-mail ballot to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Hayes’ ballot was processed and votes counted like all the other mail ballots the office received, as Hayes still is legally registered to vote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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