Tampa, Florida -- Don't be surprised to see more scams aimed at influencing the vote in Florida.
That's the word from an independent watchdog group that's been keeping track of these things in our state. Increasingly elaborate and sophisticated attempts to influence the vote here in Florida, and possibly the outcome of the election.
When Gene Kuhl -- a U.S. Navy Veteran from Tampa who has been an active voter for over 50 years -- became one of those phoney election letter recipients this past week, questioning his citizenship and his eligibility to legally vote, he was beside himself. Angry, the scrambling - worried.
"Where's my birth certificate, my passport?" he quickly wondered, "all this stuff that would verify your citizenship."
The investigation into those approximately 50 letters that have surfaced so far, post-marked in Seattle, continues. Local, state, and now federal authorities are all involved.
"Our 29 electoral votes we have in Florida have become so important that people are willing to do almost anything to win," said Yael Ossowski, bureau chief for the investigative journalism group Floridawatchdog.org.
Ossowski says the number of such scams is ramping up as the election gets closer.
He recently published an article pointing out other incidents including people falsely voting for others in Miami-Dade County, robocalls in Pasco County that intentionally gave Republican voters wrong information about early voting, and a group hired by the GOP that allegedly submitted hundreds of fraudulent registrations in Palm Beach County.
But could any of these scams individually or collectively influence the election outcome?
Ossowski reminds us the 2000 election came down to just over 500 votes...
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