Florida Mayor Accused of Bribing Voters, Again
Anthony Grant, the newly-elected mayor of Eatonville, Florida, is being accused of bribing voters in the March 7 election. The former mayor (Bruce Mount) -- the man Anthony beat to become mayor -- filed a civil complaint in which he claimed Anthony paid people to vote for him via absentee ballot. Grant finished second at the polls, but ended up with more than three times the number of absentee ballots (196) as Mount (69). Grant previously served as mayor for 15 years before being voted out in 2009. Grant is part owner of a downtown Eatonville motel that is rented to some registered voters. The voters he's accused of bribing are tenants. The lawsuit says Grant agreed to lower tenants' rent in exchange for a vote, or paid them in cash or beer. Mayor Grant denies this and chalk it up to sour grapes. While the lawsuit is a civil case, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the allegations against the mayor.
Sidebar: Back in 1991 when Mayor Grant was first elected, he was charged with and later cleared of voter fraud.
Regarding this new allegation, here's the mayor denying any wrongdoing.