I just did a follow-up look-see, dude, Derrick Henry, has been arrested. Because this is a complicated case I am pulling from the Daytona Post:
DAYTONA BEACH, FL. – Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry [picture below] and his campaign manager Genesis Robinson were arrested today, charged with committing absentee ballot fraud during Henrys 2010 re-election campaign.
The Daytona Post had previously reported a criminal investigation into the case (See Voter Fraud in the Daytona Beach City Commission Election Prompts Criminal Investigation ).
The investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office revealed that Henry and Robinson devised a strategy to boost Henrys re-election bid by obtaining absentee ballots for numerous people, most of whom never requested the ballots. By law, residents are only allowed to request absentee ballots for themselves, immediate family members or for someone for whom they’re acting as legal guardian.
Several absentee ballots were found at Henrys house when investigators searched it on Sept. 23. Investigators also recovered absentee ballot applications and receipts for some of the absentee ballots.
Testimony from people for whom absentee ballots were requested revealed various schemes; some received the ballots in the mail which were never requested by them and shortly after, a Henry campaign volunteer would knock on their door to have the ballot filled-in. Other ballots were in the name of long gone residents, inactive voters and other ineligible voters.
As in the past, it is impossible to assess how many ballots in the City Commission election were falsified. [sic]
Robinson admitted to the scheme and said that Henry knew of and approved of the tactics to get elected. [sic]
Fox Orlando reported that Henry, 41, is charged with two counts of absentee ballots and voting violations, nine counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations. Robinson, 21, is facing 11 counts of being a principal to absentee ballots and voting violations and one count of conspiracy to commit absentee ballots and voting violations. All of the charges are 3rd degree felonies.
Late Wednesday morning, both men surrendered to investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. If found guilty, each man is facing up to 5-years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine for each felony count in the indictment.
Henry, assistant principal at Daytona Beach’s Mainland High School, has been placed on leave by the school district, where he has worked for 18 years.
UPDATE: Late Wednesday, but only after widespread media coverage and public pressure, Florida Governor Charlie Crist removed Commisioner Henry from office.
Here is video taken from Fox Orlando on the arrest:
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