Vero Beach Inmate Voted Illegally Through Mail Ballot

Deszi Marquis Hayes
Des Marquis Hayes (Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

VERO BEACH – A convicted felon serving time in the Indian River County Jail was able to vote by mail in the recent Nov. 8 election.

Florida’s current voter registration system had not yet caught up with the Vero Beach felon, thus allowing him to cast his vote.

However, it is the only known case of questionable voting in the county. The Indian River County election supervisor said they received no complaints about voter fraud in the recent election.

Deszi Marquis Hayes, 56, submitted a vote-by-mail ballot to the Supervisor of Elections Office. Hayes is currently serving a nine-month jail sentence.

The inmate’s ballot was accepted, and votes counted like all other normal mail ballots. His vote was intercepted once it was known he was a felon. Hayes is still registered to vote legally in the county.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.