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VOL. 42 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 9, 2018

Florida school shooting defendant registered to vote in jail

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The man accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school registered to vote as a Republican while behind bars awaiting trial.

The SunSentinel reports Nikolas Cruz registered on July 25. He's charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Andrew Pollack, the father of a victim, tweeted Saturday that he's "sick to his stomach" Cruz was allowed to register in jail and criticized Broward Sheriff Scott Israel for allowing it. But Cruz hasn't been convicted of a crime and was eligible to vote this year.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright says the supervisor of elections controls the process. Once inmates are registered, absentee ballots are mailed to them in jail.

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