Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, of Oakdale, Minnesota, United States is facing a new allegation related to voting. The former Minneapolis Police Department officer has been charged in the death of George Floyd, which reignited the Black Lives Matter movement.
The new allegation is from Dan Helm, a Democrat and attorney running for election supervisor in Pinellas County, Florida, USA. On June 5, 2020, he sent a letter to Aramis Ayala, the state attorney of Orange Country and Osceola County in Florida.
Helm asked Ayala to investigate possible voter fraud. In his letter to her, he wrote, “I write to inform you that, Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd in Minnesota, voted in Orange County Florida in 2016 and 2018 as a registered Republican.”
“I discovered this information in the voter file, which is a public record,” Helm continued. “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.”
“This is a violation for our election laws, specifically Fla. Stat. 104.011 (2), a third degree felony,” Helm added. “I encourage you to hold people accountable for their actions, especially breaking the laws of our state.”
After receiving Helm’s letter, Ayala’s office contacted Orange County supervisor of elections Bill Cowles. According to Ayala, Cowles confirmed that Chauvin is registered to vote in Orange County and did vote in 2016 and 2018.
“Upon receipt of information from a Minnesota authority that supports a violation of Florida law we will proceed accordingly,” Ayala said in a statement obtained by WMFE. “Until then, I will remain focused on the unrest in my community recently triggered by Mr. Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd and work to find a solution to the systemic injustice communities of color continue to live with and die by.”
Chauvin and his wife Kellie Xiong Chauvin have properties both in Oakdale and in Windermere, Florida. She filed for divorce on May 28, 2020, which was three days after the death of Floyd.
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage that was beyond saving was cited in the filing. Kellie requested to have her last name changed and to have full rights and titles to the houses in Oakdale and in Windermere that she and Derek own.
In Floyd’s death, Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He is currently detained in the Minnesota Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota.