Elections commission waives fine for Alachua Dems

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- The Florida Elections Commission in Tallahassee has dropped the largest fine ever given to a local party.

The Alachua County Democratic Party won't have to pay $16,500 after the commission voted to have the fine waived on Tuesday.

According to the elections commission state statute, the party should be notified seven days after a report is late by the supervisor of elections.

ā€œIā€™m delighted to say that I think measures have been put in place by the supervisor where now we will be notified a few days before a report is due and they've sent out of all of the dates for this year of when we should file,ā€ said Cynthia Chestnut, the Alachua County Democratic Party chair.

Chestnut says the unusual nature of the 2018 election with the recount and the former treasurer, who was in the hospital, not being in contact with her were some of the reasons why she requested a waiver of the fine.

A late report usually brings a fine of $50 per day but if reports are submitted after a general election, the fine grows to $500 a day.