Thursday, March 2, 2017

Canvasser accused of falsely registering a voter during the presidential election

A canvasser who worked for a non-partisan voting registration group was arrested Thursday for registering a non-citizen to vote during the fall presidential election.

Manuel Alejandro Angulo Barrientos, 29, was charged with the third-degree felony of false swearing under oath and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional facility on Thursday. His bond was set at $5,000.

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said Barrientos registered a man named Nelson Alles without his knowledge or his “agreement or consent.”

Law enforcement was alerted to the violation, state attorney Spokesman Ed Griffith said, when the voting registration group GRSG Company tried, but was unable to, verify the registration. When they reached Alles, he denied registering to vote for the November election.

So GRSG contacted the department of elections, which contacted the state attorney.

“The guy says I never registered. I’m not even a citizen,” Griffith said.

In October, two women were arrested for voter fraud in Miami-Dade. Temporary elections worker Gladys Coego, 74, was accused of illegally marking ballots in the local mayoral election for Raquel Regalado. And Tamika Curgil, 33, was charged with filling out five forms without voters consent on behalf of United for Care, the campaign that fought to...

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