Palm Beach, Florida is in an uproar over substantiated allegations that two local Democrats, State Representative Al Jacquet and County Commissioner Mack Bernard pressured, manipulated and defrauded mail-in voters en route to winning their late-summer 2016 primary races.
According to a breaking story in the Palm Beach Post, Bernard (in photo below) and Jacquet went to registered voters’ homes, pressured them to fill out ballots, and in many cases told constituents who to vote for.
Democratic officials are blaming what the Post calls “gaping holes” in state rules permitting candidates to help citizens with voting by-mail. But some voters were disturbed by what they consider intrusive tactics.
In one incident, Bernard filled out a blind man’s ballot and may have signed it for him, which would violate Florida law. An investigating reporter found that the visually-impaired man’s ballot signature does not match the inscription on his other records.
But the politicians claim to have done nothing wrong. “To argue that my hard-fought victory was achieved by anything other than the sweat on my brow and the lost sole on my shoes is offensive,” barked Bernard when asked about the scandal.