Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd is actually a Florida voter.
The accused killer has a second home in Windermere, just west of Orlando, that is supposedly used as a vacation home and rental–but that did not stop Chauvin from voting in the Sunshine State twice.
Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles confirmed to Florida Daily that, in both the 2016 and the 2018 general elections, Chauvin cast his ballot in Orange County as a registered Republican. Both times, Chauvin voted early according to records from the supervisor.
Attorney Dan Helm, a candidate for the Pinellas County supervisor of elections position, confirmed the public record and contacted the state attorney’s office about the issue.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she is looking into the matter.
“Investigations related to voter fraud and other election crimes are triggered by the Supervisor of Elections, not the State Attorney. I have been in touch with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles who confirmed Derek Chauvin is registered to vote in Orange County and did vote in 2016 and 2018,” Ayala told Florida Daily.
That does not mean Chauvin will be prosecuted though, because Florida so loosely defines the term “resident.”
For now, Ayala said she is waiting for more information.
“Upon receipt of information from a Minnesota authority that supports a violation of Florida law, we will proceed accordingly. Until then, I will remain focused on the unrest in my community recently triggered by Mr. Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd and work to find a solution to the systemic injustice communities of color continue to live with and die by,” she said.
Whether or not Chauvin voted in Minnesota will play a key role in potential charges in the Sunshine State since it is a felony to vote in two states. Chauvin did not claim the homestead exemption on his home in Windermere, something a full-time resident in their main place of residence would do for the tax savings alone. For now, it will be a waiting game to see if anything will or can be done about his voting patterns.
Ayala could try to pursue charges if at all possible. She has often spoken about political injustices, and this would be a potential, high profile way for her to drive that point home during her final months in office.
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