Florida man charged with voter fraud after requesting mail-in ballot for dead wife, officials say

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FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

RADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say they’ve filed a voter fraud charge against a man who said he said he “wanted to test the system” when he tried to obtain a mail-in ballot for his deceased wife.

According to the Bradenton Herald, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett contacted the sheriff’s office after a review of voter rolls showed that Larry Wiggins’ wife had been dead for two years.

Staffers determined that Wiggins forged his late wife’s name on the ballot request. Wiggins was arrested Thursday.

Bennett says such attempts are unusual in Manatee County. Researchers say that voter fraud in general is rare in the U.S.

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