September 29, 2023
Stevie Baker

A criticism filed by the Sumter County’s supervisor of elections alleges a Wildwood lady has dedicated voter fraud.

Stevie Taylor Elizabeth Baker, 33, was booked this previous week on the Sumter County Detention Middle on a warrant charging her with voter fraud. She is free on $5,000 bond.

Elections Supervisor William Eager filed a criticism with the state legal professional’s workplace on Aug. 21 alleging that Baker crammed out a voter registration utility along with his workplace on Aug. 16.

Baker is a convicted felon with a historical past of arrests courting again to 2010. She has confronted quite a few drug prices, together with a 2015 arrest at was then the Motel 6 in Wildwood.

In 2018, practically 65 p.c of Flor­ida voters accredited a constitutional modification that auto­mat­ic­ally restored voting rights to most Floridians with previous convictions who had accomplished the phrases of their sentence.

William Keen
William Eager

Nonetheless, Eager alleges that Baker nonetheless had unpaid fines in a prison case on the time she utilized for the restoration of her proper to vote. In Florida, it has largely been left as much as the ex-felons to find out whether or not they’re eligible for restoration of their voting rights.

Baker’s arrest begs the query as to what punishment she may probably face, if convicted.

Quite a lot of Villagers had been charged with casting a couple of poll within the 2020 election, however all escaped with mild sentences, which consisted primarily of civics courses. Villagers who had been arrested had been Joan Marie Halstead, Jay Richard Ketcik, Charles Franklin Barnes and John Rider.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has championed an effort to get robust on voter fraud, however a reader identified in a Letter to the Editor earlier this 12 months that in his press conferences on cracking down on voter fraud, DeSantis failed to say the 4 Villagers arrested on voter fraud prices.