In initiative to clamp down on illegals voting in elections, Florida Republicans have launched a sweeping investigation of past election lists and have found only one fraudulent voter — Canadian citizen Josef Sever, the Globe and Mail reports.
The Republican effort to impose new voter-identification measures has been regarded by many as a thinly veiled effort to keep African-Americans, Hispanics and lower-income citizens from voting. The party, however, has stood by the measure, saying they are trying to protect the “sacred” act of voting.
After months of searching, the state has found only one illegal voter. Sever, a naturalized Canadian who was born in Austria, masqueraded as an American citizen in order to buy guns. He has voted in at least two presidential elections.
Josef Sever has plead guilty to multiple felony charges. He will be sentenced Nov. 6.