Former felon's criminal history caught up with him when he voted, and he's not alone

Former felon’s criminal history caught up with him when he voted, and he’s not alone

(As originally published with several additional photos embedded, Fri, March 1st 2024 at 8:12 PM)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida is facing an additional criminal charge of voting illegally, since he’s a former felon who apparently did not have that right restored.

David Robert Morgan “submitted a voter registration application on August 18, 2022, and cast a vote by mail ballot on October 22, 2022,” according to the Sumter County supervisor of elections.

The vote would’ve been for state elections including the governor’s race, and the national midterm election.

“Lake County court records,” the Sumter supervisor wrote, “show Mr. Morgan has unpaid fees in the amount of $3,601,” from Dec. 19, 2003.

It claims Morgan was adjudicated guilty of felony DUI-4th or subsequent offense, and DUI-impairment property damage.

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Online records show his sentence was for two years and four months behind bars, with 59 days credited, and he was in state custody from Feb. 5, 2004, until Nov. 14, 2005.

Former felon's criminal history caught up with him when he voted, and he's not alone
David Robert Morgan was arrested (from left) 8 times in Lake and Sumter counties between 2019 and 2024. His last arrest was for violating Florida’s election code, Feb. 27, 2024. (Lake and Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Several of his case dockets from that time are money-related, though there are no amounts, but the case status is Due rather than Closed.

Morgan spent more than six hours in jail after his election arrest, this past Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Christofer Frederick Patrick is in Morgan’s situation. He was arrested in Sumter County exactly two weeks earlier, on Feb. 13.

According to the elections supervisor, “Voter registered to vote in 2011 and voted in Sumter County in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022,” plus, “This voter is alleged to have been ineligible to register and vote as a felon who has not met the requirements for reinstatement of voting rights.”

The National Desk asked the Sumter County supervisor of elections where Patrick committed his felony, but the office has not responded over the past week.

The charge against Patrick and Morgan is “Unqualified electors willfully voting,” and it’s a third-degree felony.

Florida has an Office of Election Crimes and Security that was created as part of a voting law package approved by the GOP-controlled legislature in 2022.

That summer, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced criminal charges against 20 people for illegally voting in the 2020 presidential election. It was the election police unit’s first major public move.

Most of the suspects were from Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach counties, which were Democratic strongholds, and DeSantis said they’d been convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.

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