Scott Rothstein, Broward County’s most famous convicted white collar felon, will soon be removed from the voting rolls nearly four years after he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Broward resident Andrew Ladanowski flagged Rothstein’s voting status and contacted state elections officials about it in recent days. (Last year Ladanowski publicized the fact that convicted felon OJ Simpson remained on Miami-Dade’s voter rolls -- he was later removed.)
On Monday, Mary Cooney, a spokeswoman for Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, said that it was the state’s responsibility to remove felons. But that’s not accurate.
“Under Florida law, only Supervisors of Elections are ultimately responsible for removing ineligible voters from the voter rolls....,” said Brittany Lesser, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “Supervisors may take action upon receipt of information from any source that indicate a registered voter is ineligible due to felony conviction. They do not require any kind of official notice before taking action.”
Lesser told the Miami Herald on Monday night that as for Rothstein “We have compiled a credible and reliable file and have sent it to the Broward Supervisor of Elections to have her begin the notice and removal process.”
Cooney said Tuesday that her office received Rothstein’s file on Monday and will send him a certified letter stating he will be removed as a voter today.
Rothstein registered as a Republican in 1998 and last voted in the 2008 presidential election, Cooney said.
Rothstein, the former head of the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a Ponzi scheme and was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2010. About 20 individuals linked to the scheme have been convicted.