MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — On 09/17/20 deputies responded to the Supervisor of Elections office in reference to a Vote by Mail Ballot request for a woman who is deceased. According to Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, his staff received two Vote by Mail Ballot requests from a husband and wife at the same address. Upon review, they found that the request for the woman’s ballot had a different handwriting style from her original voter registration. Elections officials notified deputies after comparing what they determined were not matching signatures, and confirmed that the woman had died in 2018.
The suspect admitted to mailing in his deceased wife’s ballot request and told detectives that we was “testing the system to see if it worked.” Based on those statements and the evidence collected, detectives developed probable cause to charge the suspect with Requesting Vote by Mail Ballot on Behalf of Another Elector, a 3rd Degree Felony.
The case was sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review, and the SAO agreed to proceed with prosecution. On 10/01/20 Larry Wiggins was arrested at his home without incident.