Canadian Charged With Illegally Voting in Florida

On August 10th a federal grand jury indicted Canadian citizen Josef Sever for registering to vote and for voting in the 2008 Presidential election in Broward County.  Sever is also charged with false impersonation of a United States citizen (18 USC  911) and making a false statement of citizenship in connection with the purchase of several firearms.  According to the investigator’s affidavit, last February the Florida Secretary of State referred Sever to law enforcement after discovering  he had registered to vote and voted by representing that he was a U.S. citizen. The registration charge (18 USC 1015(f)) carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisionment, while the voting charge (18 USC 611) calls for a 1 year maximum.

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has represented clients in election and sunshine law issues, complex business and commercial disputes and probate and trust suits. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983 and has maintained an active trial practice in state and federal courts for over 35 years. Mr. Shults successfully represented the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections in Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections et al. v. Browning et al. , where the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Sarasota County’s charter election law amendments. Mr. Shults has served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar and is the past Chairman of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Sarasota County Bar Association for his work with the Sarasota Mental Health Community Centers. In 2013 he was nominated for circuit court judge by the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee. Mr. Shults has served on the faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law and on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program for Practicing Lawyers at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Mr. Shults grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School (1973), Florida State University (B.S. 1977) and Washburn University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1982). He is veteran of the United States Army.
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