Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Investigates Verbal Attacks at Early Voting Sites


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida. – Some central Florida election supervisors said they got into verbal altercations at early voting sites.

Chris Anderson, the Seminole County election supervisor, said his office is investigating five incidents at two of their early voting sites.

As a former Seminole County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Anderson said, “It’s actually illegal to get into fights. He added “any of these incidents, they could get to a level where people can get in trouble.”

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Anderson did not give specific details while the incidents are still under investigation, but told News 6 they were all verbal attacks, nothing physical and nothing that required police .

“The most important thing we want to reiterate is that these things are unacceptable. We need people participating in these campaigns to understand that there is decorum that is expected,” Anderson said.

A spokesperson for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in an email, “We have not been made aware of any incidents here in Seminole County, but encourage people to notify an election officer of any attempts. intimidation or to contact the police”.

News 6 contacted central Florida sheriff’s offices to see if they had received reports of voter intimidation, Seminole, Orange, Osceola and Volusia counties told us they had not filed of reports.

Florida law has established a no-solicitation zone of 150 feet in all directions from the entrance to a polling place or early voting site.

But election supervisors said the candidates’ campaigns or supporters would show up just then.

Anderson said they are in regular communication with the various parties and campaigns to ensure their staff are acting appropriately.

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