Susannah Randolph, a 9th Congressional District candidate, is calling for a Justice Department probe after a recent audit that she says raises “confidentiality” and “integrity” concerns.
Randolph said an investigation is necessary to ensure Florida’s elections are not compromised.
“Fifty years ago, brave Americans fought hard to insure that every American can participate in our democracy,” Randolph said in a prepared statement “I will fight against every attempt by Rick Scott that threatens to reverse that historic gain. Our elections must be protected, and a federal investigation into Florida’s compromised registration system is necessary to insure that our elections are fair.”
Randolph sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting further investigation to determine whether laws have been broken. She cites a Florida Auditor General’s report that found instances of lax record-keeping, computer maintenance and registration system security procedures.
“Rick Scott has a long and troubling history of voter suppression, and Florida voters will not stand for another scandal,” Randolph said. “Intentional or not, I will not allow Rick Scott to fumble another Florida election and I call on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to prosecute anyone who has endangered the right to vote.”
The 9th District consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties. The seat is open after Randolph’s former boss, incumbent Alan Grayson, declared a run for U.S. Senate.
Other Democrats running in the competitive primary in the left leaning district include biotechnology entrepreneur Dena Minning, who has romantic ties to Grayson, State Sen. Darren Soto, former state Rep. Ricardo Rangel, and Valleri Crabtree.
On the Republican side, Wayne Liebnitzsky has filed to run. Kissimmee Vice Mayor Wanda Rentas is expected to formally announce a run soon, and State Rep. Mike La Rosa is also weighing a bid.