Outrage is growing over the ability of the alleged perpetrator in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to register to vote. Even more outrage is coming from conservatives because the alleged shooter registered as a Republican.
The accused gunman was able to register to vote in his jail cell over the summer — which is allowed by law because he is currently awaiting trial and has not yet been convicted of a crime.
The suspected shooter confessed to the murder of 17 students at the Parkland, Florida school and was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder and is currently awaiting trial. He was arraigned at the Broward County Courthouse in March and has been incarcerated ever since.
The controversy stems from a claim made by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow Pollack, was one of the victims in the mass shooting. Pollack claimed in a tweet he posted that the shooter being able to register to vote was a ploy by Democrats to steal hotly contested seats in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.
In numerous tweets, Pollack claimed there was a conspiracy by Democrats to register incarcerated voters awaiting trial to make sure those races went towards liberals and not conservatives, however it’s not known whether Pollack knew the accused gunman registered as a Republican, and didn’t cite specific evidence that a conspiracy took place.
In a story by NBC affiliate WFLA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward County Sherrfif’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said “taking away voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal.” Coleman-Wright also mentioned that the Sheriff’s Office “serves as a mail courier” between the inmates and the Supervisor of Elections office.
Pollack also appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” to double down on his conspiracy — with the hosts of the show failing to mention the shooter registered as a Republican. Pollack also said that the gunman failed to cast his absentee vote because a “tip from the deputies in jail” told him that they didn’t send in their ballots in time to count in the Midterm elections.
Pollack has been an outspoken Trump supporter and has tweeted numerous times about increasing security in schools and supporting Republican politicians and referring to Democrats as “unethical.”
(Grit Post’s editorial policy is to not publish the names and likenesses of mass shooters or domestic terrorists in order to deny them notoriety. We encourage other media outlets to do the same.)
Brandon Howard is a contributor for GritPost and former public radio reporter based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter @mrpowerhoward.
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