Brevard woman arrested after voting on behalf of son in 2020 election, deputies say

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A Brevard County mother was arrested late Monday, charged with voting on behalf of her son during the 2020 presidential election, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheryle Jack, 56, faces a charge of "requesting to vote by mail ballot on behalf of an elector and designating choice on ballot of another person" following an investigation by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Both charges are third-degree felonies. Her son, at the time, was in the United Kingdom.

A third-degree felony in Florida is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine and five years of probation, according to state statutes.

The Sheriff's Office began investigating Sept. 3, 2021, when the state attorney's office noted a voting violation involving Jack's son with an address near Melbourne, according to an affidavit.

Jack told deputies her son intended to travel from the United Kingdom during the 2020 election cycle but didn't because of the pandemic, the affidavit said. The ballot came to her house. She told deputies she opened and completed her son's ballot, forging his signature and voting in his place.

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Deputies spoke to Jack's son Sept. 29 after receiving an email from him, in which he explained he ran a small business in Washington and was not in Florida. He said he didn't ask his mother to vote for him and he didn't know she did so prior to receiving a letter from the Brevard supervisor of elections about it. He said he hadn't requested an absentee ballot. He told deputies he was "confident his mom knew who he would have voted for and would have carried out his vote as they do share similar views."

Jack is registered in Brevard County as a Democrat, according to voter registration records.

A note in court documents showed Jack's son had called Brevard's supervisor of elections office in August 2021 to say he had cast his mail-in ballot in Washington via London, and his mother cast his mail-in ballot in Brevard "thinking she was helping him," the affidavit said. He said he was cancelling his voter registration in Brevard, which was confirmed by the supervisor of elections.

There are no charges against Jack's son.

Jack was released from Brevard County Jail late Tuesday morning with a bond of $4,000. A court date has not been set.

Representatives of a law firm listed in court documents as representing Jack said they hadn’t been retained to represent her.

Finch Walker is a Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Walker at 321-290-4744 or fwalker@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @_finchwalker

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