Already facing 2nd-degree murder and manslaughter charges over the death of George Floyd, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is now facing allegations of voter fraud in Florida.
Chauvin and his soon-to-be-ex-wife owned properties in both Oakdale, Minnesota, and Windermere, Florida, and it's his residence in Florida that has caught the attention of attorney Dan Helm, who is a candidate for the role of election supervisor in Pinellas County, Fla.
Per the Orlando Sentinel, Helm has written to the local state's attorney asking her to investigate after discovering Chauvin's voter status showed he registered to vote Republican at his Windermere address in January 2016, and cast votes in both the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Chauvin had worked for Minneapolis Police Department since 2001 prior to his firing the day after the killing of Floyd.
“While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County. His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, not Florida,” Helm wrote, per the Sentinel.
As a result, Helm argues that voting in Florida would constitute a felony under the state's voting fraud laws.
Twin Cities-based independent journalist Tony Webster has noted that Chauvin was a licensed real estate agent as well as being a police officer, and stated he was a Florida resident in his application.