Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was attempting to vote in the elections last week when he learned that someone altered his address in the Florida voter database without his permission.
The unauthorized change was discovered at approximately 2 p.m. on Oct. 23, while the governor was trying to vote at his assigned polling location, WESH reported.
The poll worker explained that his address was recorded as 2185 Pretty Lane in West Palm Beach – an address change DeSantis said he never made.
The governor immediately contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to figure out what had occurred, WESH reported.
Investigators were able to obtain log information from the Leon County Elections Office regarding the time and date of the address change.
They were then able to track down the Comcast IP address tied to the computer where the online change was made, WESH reported.
FDLE contacted Comcast, and the company provided investigators with an address on 19th Avenue Southwest in Golden Gate, which was the residence to which the IP address was assigned.
Investigators conducted a search warrant on the home and found three people inside, WESH reported.
One of them was identified as 20-year-old Anthony Steven Guevara.
A FLDE digital forensic examiner went to work on Guevara’s computer, and ended up finding searches for “Florida governor” and “Florida my vote,” according to investigators.
The examiner was also able to determine that Guevara’s computer was used to access DeSantis’ Wikipedia page, as well as the “DOC.MyFlorida.com” website, WESH reported.
According to investigators, Guevara ultimately confessed to having changed DeSantis’ address in the voter database, and even showed them how he pulled it off, WINK reported.
“Guevara stated after accessing the ‘Voter Information Lookup’ section on the ‘dos.myflorida.com’ website, he entered Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ first name, last name, and date of birth,” investigators said.
The suspect said he obtained DeSantis’ birthdate from the Wikipedia page.
Guevara allegedly admitted that he also accessed voter registration information for Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Florida Senator Rick Scott, and multiple celebrities, WINK reported.
He denied having changed any other addresses besides the governor’s, according to investigators.
Guevara was arrested on charges of altering voter information without consent and property crime, WINK reported.
Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee released a statement assuring residents that Florida’s voting systems are secure and had not been breached.
“This incident was perpetrated using publicly accessible voter data, and there is no evidence to suggest that this change was made through the Florida Department of State,” Lee said. “We commend the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on their swift action to bringing this malicious actor to justice. The situation was corrected immediately and the voter was able to cast a ballot.”
Lee further urged everyone to check on their voter registration information to ensure accuracy, WINK reported.
Guevara has been released on bond, and is due back in court on Nov. 23.