Mentally-handicapped citizens illegally registered to vote in Florida
October 31, 2008
In South Florida, a Collier woman states that her two mentally handicapped adult children have been registered to vote in an illegal act. Since her children (Michael, 19, and Jennifer, 32) are not able to read and write, or even tell you where they live, they did not register to vote by themselves, nor would they be competent to vote. Both of Griselle Gonzalez' children live in the same adult group home in Broward County.
How did this happen?
According to a spokesman for the group home, the home registers its residents, however most of them will not vote. For those who require authorization from a guardian, written consent is obtained before registration can occur. Griselle Gonzales is the guardian of both of her children and denies ever giving authorization. She said "I don't think they should be allowed to vote. I mean, especially not because I don't want them to have the right to be a citizen, but because I don't want somebody to chose for them."