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Florida Dems: Jeb Bush may have committed felony

Greg Nash

Former Florida Gov. and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) may have committed a felony when he falsely identified himself as Hispanic on his 2009 voter registration application, Democrats in the state appeared to say Monday.

{mosads}The Florida Democratic Party is referring to a portion of the current voter registration form that warns potential registrants that they must be truthful while filling out the form.

“It is a 3rd degree felony to submit false information,” the form reads. “Maximum penalties are $5,000 and/or 5 years in prison.” 

The law in question is slightly more specific, saying that a person violates the law if they “willfully” make a false statement on their voter registration form.

On Monday morning, The New York Times reported that Bush had marked his “race/ethnicity” as Hispanic on a 2009 application to register to vote.

Though it might be a touchy subject because Bush will likely try to appeal to Hispanic voters if he seeks the nomination, his team cast it as unintentional.

“It’s unclear where the paperwork error was made,” said Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell in a statement. “The Governor’s family certainly got a good laugh out of it. He is not Hispanic.”

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