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Elections board fines ex-Lakes commissioner
The Florida Elections Commission has fined former Lauderdale Lakes City Commissioner Eric Haynes $500 for voting in the November 2012 elections using an address where he no longer lived.
The commission investigation stemmed from a 2013 report it received from Broward Inspector General John Scott. Haynes maintains it was an “honest mistake” because he had sold his home a few months before the election and said he was living in a nearby precinct where all the races on the ballot were the same.
He hasn’t decided yet if will challenge the decision.
“At this point, you just want to move on in life,” Haynes said.
While the penalty is a civil one, using a fraudulent address when voting is a felony that can carry up to five years in prison if convicted.
Scott did not send his report to the Broward State Attorney’s
he Office, but activist blogger Chaz Stevens did file a complaint based on the report.
The State Attorney’s Office said it has closed its investigation, but could not provide a copy of its determination on Monday.
It hasn’t filed against Haynes.
The Elections Commission decision doesn’t address a larger issue raised by Scott’s investigation: whether Haynes was even