Eight Palm Beach County felons who voted illegally in the 2012 primary election will not be charged because authorities couldn’t prove they were aware they didn’t have the right to vote. Meanwhile, two of the felons remain on the Palm Beach County voter rolls.
Peter Antonacci, the previous state attorney before Dave Aronberg took office in January, launched an investigation into the illegal voting after a Palm Beach Post investigation in November found eight felons who voted despite never having had their civil rights restored. The detective assigned to the investigation — Michelle Romagnoli of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — confirmed most of The Post’s findings. She added that five of the men went on to vote in the general election Nov. 7.
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What we found
Using public records law, The Post last fall compared the names of 128,000 county voters in the Aug. 14 primary with a list of all felons from the Florida Department of Corrections and researched further records to confirm eight felons who voted. Also, a review of about 870,000 Palm Beach County residents registered for Nov. 7 election revealed 31 born in the 1800s. The oldest? David Bell of Delray Beach, who would have turned 121 in December, but died in 1998 at 106.