More than 1,000 registered voters in Broward County unlawfully listed United Parcel Service (UPS) boxes as the address where they live, official records show.
According to Florida Statute 97.053, voter applicants must provide their “legal residence address.” The official Florida Voter Registration form specifically asks for “Legal Residence-no P.O. Box.” On the Broward Supervisor of Elections website, citizens are told valid applications must include, “Full Name, Date of Birth, Address of Legal Residence (address where you live), Florida Drivers License number or Florida ID card, or the last four digits of Social Security number and signature.”
Despite the clear instructions, a Media Trackers Florida investigation found 1,128 registered voters in Broward County listed a UPS box as the place where they live.
An aide to Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca appears to be one of the worst offenders.
LaMarca aide Ryan M. Reiter is registered to vote at 4613 North University Drive Apt. 481 in Coral Springs, Florida. As a professed resident of precinct E021, Reiter cast an absentee ballot on November 6, 2012. However, there are no apartments at that address. 4613 North University Drive is the address of UPS Store #3748, located at the Pine Ridge Square shopping center. Forty-six people are registered to vote at this address. More than half of them voted last November.
Also in Coral Springs, there are 20 active voters registered at UPS Store #3996 on Coral Ridge Drive. Another Coral Springs UPS Store has 40 active voters.
A review of voter records show the problem exists at UPS Stores throughout Broward County. Sixty-three active voters are registered at a UPS Store in Hollywood. Sixty-eight active voters are registered to vote at the UPS Store in Fort Lauderdale. The Hallandale Beach UPS Store has 115 registered voters. Voters unlawfully registered at each location likely cast ballots during the November 2012 elections.
A spokesperson for the Broward County elections office said the system for new applicants will raise a flag if it detects a non-residential address. The spokesperson said the Supervisor of Elections office also periodically tries to identify voters using non-residential addresses. When election officials discover a registered voter listing a non-residential address, they send the voter a letter asking him or her to resolve the matter. Nevertheless, more than 1,000 people remain unlawfully registered to vote at UPS stores throughout Broward County.