Florida Man Caught Requesting Ballot For Wife Who Died In 2018

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A Florida man was caught and charged for trying to vote for his dead wife. Larry Wiggins, a 62-year old man whose wife died two years ago, allegedly requested a mail-in ballot for his wife. Wiggins was charged with a 3rd-degree felony after “authorities were alerted that the signature on his wife’s ballot request did not match that of her previous registrations, and investigators figured out his spouse was deceased” reported WFLA News.

Wiggins is one of the few who was actually caught and charged with voter fraud. Wiggins was released from Manatee County Jail and spoke with WFLA news over the weekend. Sadly, Wiggins’ mentality is indicative of a country-wide problem. “I feel like I haven’t done anything wrong,” said Wiggins. His inability to understand the severity of his actions is the result of the mainstream media’s discussion around voting.

“I heard so much about ballots being sent in and people just having found them in different places,” said Wiggins defending his actions. “I said well, let me just send it in and see what’s going to happen to see what’s going to happen to see if they’re actually going to send a ballot for her to vote” admitted Wiggins. Despite feeling justified, he has now been charged with requesting a vote-by-mail ballot on behalf of another elector, which is a third-degree felony.

“According to the arrest report, election officials received two vote-by-mail ballot request applications from a husband and wife. Election officials confirmed the woman, Ursula Wiggins, had died in 2018. They also said the signature on the woman’s application did not match the handwriting on her original voter registration documents” reported WFLA.

Manatee County Elections Supervisor Michael Bennett received the request and instead of sending Wiggins ballots, he sent the information to deputies. According to WFLA Mr. Wiggins is a “self-described Democrat who supports President Donald Trump” but says he never planned on voting for his late wife; he simply wanted to see what would happen.

Bennett hopes the situation with Wiggins can be used as an example. “If there’s nothing else that comes out of this conversation,” said Bennett, he hopes it will be used to “warn other people.” Reportedly “Mr. Wiggins is relieved the system worked; however, he does not want a criminal record” according to WFLA.