A Florida woman is now facing charges after she allegedly changed voters’ registration information and party affiliations, according to state election officials.
Cheryl A. Hall, 63, was charged on Thursday with inputting false information into 10 voter registration forms as she worked with voter registration organization Florida First, officials told local news outlets. Now, Hall is being charged with 10 felony counts of submission of false voter registration forms, according to News4Jax.
“Voters begin calling here last week, telling us that they had begun receiving new voter information cards from our office indicating that had been changes from registered Democrats to registered Republican Party members,” Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays, a Republican, told WFTV. “Voters denied filling out that form that would make that change.”
Authorities said she submitted the forms to the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office before they were flagged for having incorrect information such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and birth dates.
Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that 119 false forms in all were assigned to Hall to collect. In a statement, the office wrote it is working with state elections officials to “ensure every voter is properly registered to vote.”
Early voting for Florida’s presidential primary started last week in Lake County, according to News4Jax. The election is being held on March 17.
The Lake County Republican Party told ClickOrlando that Hall is a “rank and file” member of the organization. Officials said Florida First is working with state authorities.
“Certainly, we do not condone this type of behavior,” Lake County Republicans chairman Walter Price told the outlet. “As we speak, I’ve started the process to have her removed [as a member.]”
“Florida First is actively working with the Lake County Supervisor of Elections to ensure every voter is properly registered to vote,” said state director Elicia Babac in the ClickOrlando report. “Florida First will continue to work tirelessly to serve communities that may be underrepresented and provide them access to voter registration services.”
Hays appeared in Facebook photos with Hall but said he never worked with her and said he had no reason to suspect she was involved in voter fraud.
“We happened to be at events at the same time,” he said, according to the local station. “I never looked at any of the documents.”
Hall posted a $20,000 bond and was released from jail. It’s not clear if she has an attorney or spokesperson.
According to local reports, for the 10 counts, Hall faces a maximum of five years in prison.