Parkland shooting suspect registered to vote behind bars, angering victim’s father

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Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz speaks with his attorneys, public defenders Melisa McNeill, left, and Diane Cuddihy during a status check on his case at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland […]

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolaus Cruz may be behind bars, but he’s still eligible to vote.

The Miami Herald reports the teen, who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17, registered on July 25 as a Republican, according to online state records, angering some. The teen is currently being held at the Broward County Jail, awaiting trial. 

“I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow,” said Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, one of the 14 students killed. “Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote. The Despicable Democrats have no shame. Can’t let them steal this election.”

Florida law allows anyone to vote as long as they are not serving out a sentence, meaning those awaiting arraignment or trial without a conviction can still cast ballots. 

“Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal,” Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said Saturday. “BSO serves as a mail courier between the inmates and the Supervisor of Elections office.”

“The process is controlled by the Supervisor of Elections office,” she added. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the sheriff.”

Broward Commissioner Michael Udine said: “It’s just outrageous and so hurtful to the victims and the families of the Parkland massacre to see this. Regardless of the legality, it doesn’t negate the pain and the hurt when the people of northwest Broward who were affected by this monster see something.

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