Florida man arrested after allegedly changing governor’s address in voter database

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AP, Collier Co. Jail

While attempting to vote on Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was told his address had been changed in the Florida voter database, according to KTLA sister station WFLA in Tampa.

The snafu resulted in a suspect’s arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration system

DeSantis went to an early voting site in Tallahassee on Monday to cast his ballot, but was told his address had been changed from the governor’s mansion to an apartment complex 420 miles away. 

DeSantis said he did not authorize the action and immediately asked the FDLE to investigate.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) contacted the supervisor of elections office in Leon County and requested the logs for the date and time the address change request came through for DeSantis.

They discovered the IP address used to make the request was subscribed to Comcast and contacted Comcast for the user’s home address.

A search warrant was conducted at the home in Naples where 20-year-old Anthony Steven Guevara was present with two others.

An FDLE digital forensic examiner searched through Guevara’s computer, where Google searches for “Florida my vote” and “Florida governor” were found, WFLA reported. Evidence also showed Guevara accessed the site “DOS.MyFlorida.com,” and the Wikipedia page for Ron DeSantis.

Guevara was arrested and taken to the Collier County Jail where he was held on a $5,000 bond. He’s charged with two felonies.

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