Over fourteen months ago, on September 23, 2022, Peter Antonacci, head of Florida’s newly created Election Crimes Unit, collapsed and died after leaving a “contentious” meeting in the Governor’s office conference room. This much, we knew. What we’ve just learned is that Antonacci’s body lay in the hall outside the conference room for 24 MINUTES before it was discovered and resuscitation, attempted. He was pronounced DOA at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital later that day.
Now in November, 2023, nearly two years later, The Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement released five reports (?) with 17 redacted pages. The subject of the meeting and the complete roster of attendees were not included, although a partial list was given: Cord Byrd, and his general counsel, Brad McVay; FL Dept. of Law Enforcement Commissioner Mark Glass; FDLE Chief of Staff Shane Desguin; FDLE Dir. of Executive Investigations (?); and Antonacci’s deputy, Scott Strauss. So many from Law Enforcement. . .
Desguin said that during the meeting, Antonacci had moments of “being frustrated” …but that he “observed no signs of (Antonacci’s) having a medical issue.” After Mr. Antonacci left the room, Desguin said that he “heard a thud”. McInerny added that Antonacci was “agitated” before he “abruptly rose from his seat and walked out.” Everyone knew an older gentleman was upset, then someone “heard a thud” but no one went to check. Excuse me??
This is a government building, housing the highest executives of the state of Florida. It had NO tended security monitors? No security patrols? Even if this room were in an area of lower traffic, how was it that NO ONE passed near enough to see a body of a full-grown man lying on the floor, for almost 30 minutes? Someone “heard a thud” after an upset older man left the room, but never went to check? OK, yes, I think it stinks. Seventeen redacted pages - 22 months after the fact - with NO report of the meeting’s subject or attendees, or even a coroner’s report? Even if everything was on the up-and-up, the knowledge that Tallahassee has such lax security is a godsend to criminals. Questionable management, at a minimum.
Pete Antonacci and his family deserve better. Florida’s citizens deserve better. The new head of the Election Crimes Unit knew he had a BIG job, to ensure integrity in Florida elections, and I believe that he was fighting that battle to the end.
Peter Antonacci had been contacted by citizen activists just days before he died, and had discussed with them the issue of over 20,000 pieces of returned mail with unverifiable addresses they had encountered in the offices of their county Supervisor of Election. Mr. Antonacci assured them that they had every right to examine the returned, “yellow label” (undeliverable) voter registration cards, which were stacked up in the office of the Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hayes’ office. Hayes had resisted, and made the scanning as difficult as possible for the volunteers.
Hayes has since proven to be a big fan of the ERIC system. ( ERIC is the Electronic Registration Information Center, designed by a far-left hater of all things conservative, David Becker, with money from the Pewe Charitable Trust in 2012. Supposedly a voter roll management system, for the use of member states, ERIC was a lot more… )
The US Election Commission’s own data from 2020, proved that Florida voter rolls were stuffed with more registrations than they had eligible citizens of voting age — 101.6%, to be exact. (info which I accessed in July, 2022, at www.eac.gov now removed from the government website). Election integrity experts believe that the ERIC system, of which Florida was a member, and its massive AI data base had played an integral part in bloating the voter rolls. The US EAC website gave the numbers of registered voters on the rolls in every state. Fifty percent al all ERIC member states had voter rolls in excess of statistical possibility (100% of all eligible citizens registered to vote) in 2020. Cord Byrd had defended the ERIC system to integrity activists, and claimed that Florida “used it differently”, that it was invaluable to Tallahassee.
Florida Statute 101.62 allows SOE’s to cancel Vote by Mail requests when first class mail is returned to the SOE office as “undeliverable”, but SOE’s chose to send out Vote-by-Mail ballots to these addresses. Why on earth? Think about it…
Were these ERIC-created “phantom voters” the yellow-labelled “Undeliverable” envelopes found in Lake, Broward and elsewhere? Quite possibly so.
Cord Byrd was in attendance at the meeting where Pete Antonacci got upset. Was Antonacci discussing the returned mail that was stored in the Lake Co. election offices? Were those the phantom voters what Talahassee found so valuable about the ERIC system? We will never know, but the possibility cannot be dismissed.
Pete Antonacci’s memory deserves the truth to come out. FLORIDIANS deserve the truth to come out.
In 2018, Gov. Rick Scott chose Antonacci to replace the controversial Brenda Snipes, as Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, so Antonacci got first hand experience with voter rolls. He had confided to one of the activists with which he spoke just before he passed, that some of the problems they had found in Lake Co., were also in Broward while he was there. When he was SOE of Broward, Antonacci pledged that every eligible voter would be registered and that every vote would count - a clear mission statement for election integrity. He was widely praised for that integrity, which I suggest carried on to the end of his life.
Pete Antonacci was a popular figure in Florida, having worked with both Democrats and Republicans around the state for his entire career. I could find nothing but good words said about him. Everyone seemed to like and respect him. After reading a lot about him, I do, too. He seemed to be an honest man, whose demise should not be shrowded in smoke and mirrors, and half-truths.
The family and friends of Peter Antonacci , along with the rest of Florida, deserve to know the rest of the story. Unredacted.