ELECTIONS FRAUD COMPLAINT
Under section 97.012(15), Florida Statutes, the Department of State has authority to conduct preliminary investigations into any allegations of irregularities or fraud involving voter registration or voting, or candidate or issue petition activities. The Department may then report its findings to the Office of Statewide Prosecution or to the State Attorney for the judicial circuit in which the alleged violation occurred for prosecution, where warranted.
Please return the completed complaint form to:
Florida Department of State, Office of the General Counsel 1st Floor, R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250
You will receive a written response from the Department of State at the end of its investigation.
PERSON BRINGING COMPLAINT
Name ____Joe E. Griffin_
Day Phone __386 397 2951_
Evening Phone __386 397 2951_
Address _16589 Mill Street_________________________________________
City ____White Springs
E-mail Address: email@example.com
PERSON OR ENTITY AGAINST WHOM COMPLAINT IS BROUGHT
Name ___Tonja Brown_
Work Phone __386 397 2310
Person’s title of office or position held or sought if applicable – Incumbent Town Council member
Name of Governmental Office or Private Entity/Office Town of White Springs
Address P. O. Drawer D__________________________________________________________
County Hamilton______State Florida Zip Code__32096_
Have you filed this complaint with the (check all that apply): State Attorney’s Office Yes NO
Office of Statewide Prosecution Yes No
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Yes No
Florida Elections Commission Yes No
Florida Commission on Ethics Yes No
DS-DE #34 (rev. 07/2016) Page 2 Rule 1S-2.025, F.A.C.
VIOLATION: If you believe any irregularities or fraud involving voter registration or voting, or candidate or issue petition activities have been committed, please state the specific acts committed by the person or entity named in this complaint:
Ms Brown purposefully and willfully violated FS 106.143 by not putting a disclaimer on ALL of her advertisements including mailed flyers and yard signs. She knows better but said to this citizen that she was not required to abide by FS 106.143 and page 32 of the Candidates Election Handbook. Election Date 4-23-2019
STATEMENT OF FACTS State in your own words exactly what happened. Please include details such as what happened, where the events or acts happened, when they happened (including dates and times), what you were told, who spoke to you and to whom you spoke, what you agreed or did not agree to, and who else saw or knows about what happened. Include the names, addresses and phone numbers of relevant persons. Also, give any reasons why you feel that the person or entity against whom you have brought this complaint knew that his or her actions were wrongful. The more specific information that you provide to us, the better we will be able to assist you.
Ms. Brown is a four term Town Council member. In her prior three elections she did NOT violate FS 106.143 nor page 32 of the Election Handbook. She received a full briefing on the Election Rules by Mrs. Pam Tomlinson, Elections Supervisor/Town Clerk yet chose to ignore the specific directions, oral and written.
Town Hall 386 397 2310
Supervisor of Elections – Hamilton County, Florida 396 792-1426
Pam Tomlinson – 386 397 2310 Town Clerk of White Springs
Stacy Tebo – Town Manager 386 397 2310 Town Manager of White Springs
Check here if additional pages or documents are attached. YES
Photo of Yard Signs of 4/18/2019
Copy of Flyer mailed to approximately 300 citizens.
Signature of complainant Date Signed 04-18-2019
Joe E. Griffin
Print or type name of complainant
Joe E. Griffin
THIS COMPLAINT IS NOT CONFIDENTIAL. ONCE IT IS FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, IT BECOMES A PUBLIC RECORD.
It is a third-degree felony for any person to knowingly and willfully make any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation in any matter within the jurisdiction of the Department of State. See § 817.155, Fla. Stat.