Alachua County Republican arrested for voting illegally in 2020

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He surrendered himself to jail months after the Supervisor of Elections forwarded an investigation.

A Hawthorne man has been arrested by the Department of Justice for illegally voting.

Daniel John Pernini surrendered himself to the Alachua County Jail, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department. He faces charges of fraudulent voting by an unqualified elector and perjury.

The arrest came months after Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton sent a list to prosecutors of nine registered sex offenders who voted in the 2020 election, according to the Alachua Chronicle. The list was sent in August, ending a stalemate between Barton’s office and State Attorney Brian Kramer regarding who was responsible for the investigation.

Capt. Chris Sims, commander of the Sheriff’s Office public information office, said a warrant was active for Pernini’s arrest. Circuit Judge James Colaw issued the warrant and set bond at $50,000. Pernini remains in custody and awaits a first appearance.

Sims said the Sheriff’s Office does not investigate voting crimes.

Circuit Court records show the charges were filed on March 16.

Voter records show that 50-year-old Pernini was registered as a Republican. He initially registered in 1991 but was convicted of a sexual crime in 2010. He registered again in September of 2020 and voted, according to Barton’s investigation.

Notably, Florida voters in 2018 passed a constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of most convicted felons after they completed sentences and met financial obligations. But that did not restore rights for those convicted of sexual offenses or murder.

While a state election police force made high-profile arrests before the election of 20 individuals on charges they voted illegally, the Alachua County Republican was not arrested in that sting.

Of note, a Tampa man this week became the first person arrested in that sting to be convicted. Byron Leonard Smith pleaded guilty to a similar charge of illegally voting as an unqualified elector, and was sentenced to six months of probation.

A number of voters were also independently arrested in The Villages in 2021 for voting illegally in the election. All admitted to crimes and agreed to pre-trial intervention programs, as reported by News 6.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Peggy

    March 24, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    No surprise here.
    Republicans are always guilty of the exact thing they accuse others of doing.

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 25, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    Good evening America,
    I can explain this situation to everybody’s satisfaction. This here Hawthorn man was just registared “Republican” since he became old enough to vote way back in the day. However he has been voting Democrat every election for about 38 years. He was just, as most leftists are, too lazy to go on down to the Supervisor of Elections even to change his party to Democrat.
    Then theres more proof: as I recall the town of Hawthorn is somewhere near Gainesville which is a town filled with raging leftists that unfortunatly have spilled out into the Hawthorn and surounding area over the years.
    Then the iceing on the cake – the final proof of his evil leftist leaning ways is this: just look at that blue thing around his kneck. Dont know what that is? Let your bud Good ‘Ole Earl Pitts American put the true word in your ear. That blue thing is what used to be called a “gaiter”. Back in the day during the Covid planneddemic. The “gaiter” was a type of covid (useless) mask device which dork @55 leftists would pull up when they went into a Target (favoriate leftist shopping store) to virtue signal to each other.
    So there you have it America – proof positive this Hawthorn man was Not a Republican at all and in fact is a 100% evil leftist and thus 100% guilty of voter fraud.
    Throw The Book At Him – Lock Him Up, Lock Him Up, Lock Him Up!!!!!
    Thank you America,
    Your Truth Teller Earl Pitts American

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