JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man is headed to jail for voter fraud. Marc Crump is a convicted felon who was arrested in April and charged with false voter registration and election fraud.
Records show he voted in the August 2020 primary and the November 2020 general election.
Crump pleaded guilty. On Wednesday morning, he was sentenced to ten months in the Duval County jail, but could have faced ten years.
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These voter fraud convictions add two more felonies to his record. One, submitting false voter registration information. Two, willingly voting when he wasn’t qualified.
Crump had previously been convicted of manslaughter in Alachua County in 1993. Eleven years later he was convicted of molesting a child, also in Alachua County.
He previously told News4JAX he received a voter registration card in the mail, and assumed that under Amendment 4, which granted felons in Florida the right to vote under certain conditions, he was able to cast a ballot.
Neil Volz is part of the organization that helped pass Amendment 4. “We’ve seen a massive increase in voter participation, as returning citizens, people with past convictions, engage the political process.”
But, he said at the same time, Florida has a confusing and inadequate system for making sure people who register to vote are eligible.
“We’ve got a system which we’re spending taxpayer dollars to provide to law enforcement and the courts and prosecuting people rather than fixing the system on the front end,” Volz said.
According to Crump’s arrest report, he received a letter saying he didn’t have the right to vote months after he received a voter registration card in the mail.
For someone who has completed their felony sentence to be eligible to vote again, under Amendment 4, they must have:
- Completed all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole
- Paid all fines, fees, costs, and restitution
- Not been convicted of murder or sexual offenses
Crump had been convicted of a sexual offense, and Amendment 4 does not apply to him. The Supervisor of Elections said he also lied about being convicted of a felon when he registered to vote.
The Supervisor of Elections also said cases like this are extremely rare in Duval County, the last time he can remember such a case involving a convicted felon happened six or seven years ago.