Gainesville mayoral candidate facing voting controversy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) --- Florida law requires you to vote in the precinct in which you live. And Gainesville mayoral candidate Marlon Bruce admitted he voted in a precinct outside of city limits in August.

One of the requirements to qualify to run for mayor is that the candidate is a qualified voter and resident of the city no less than 6 months prior to when the candidate qualifies to run for office.

According to Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office, the first thing all voters are asked is if their address is current.

Bruce said election officials sent him to Precinct 62 when he should have been sent to Precinct 44. When asked if the precinct asked if his address was current Bruce said, "They did, they asked me and I said no, I no longer live here and a few of them huddled up in a group and then printed out a tab and then gave it to me and said go here and I said thanks a lot."

Bruce said that he has lease agreements to verify where he was living at the time. However, if Bruce did not live at the address when he voted he could be facing legal trouble. It's a third-degree felony under Florida law for confirming and submitting false voter information.

"if someone or Mr. Bruce did go to a city precinct to vote, we still would have asked him the same questions if he needed to update his registration and then the three steps we have to do we would have shown him the printout and what his address was," stated Kim Barton, Alachua County's Supervisor of Elections.

Barton says she encourages people to update their registration before election however the electronic poll book has made the process more efficient.

"The great thing about the electronic poll book is voters can have even up to election day at their polling place to update their registration, it's done in real time," said Barton.