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Florida Rep's Ex-Aide To Be Jailed In Absentee-Ballot Scheme

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Garcia's attorney maintained that the former staffer never actually touched a ballot or manipulated any votes. 

“He accepts responsibility for his conduct which involved requesting absentee ballots for voters when it was the voters themselves who are required to make the requests,” Garcia's attorney Henry Bell said in a statement, as quoted by the Herald. “Jeff is a good person who made a mistake. He is sorry and is doing the right thing in admitting this and accepting responsibility.”

In addition to the state's absentee-ballot probe, Garcia was also under FBI investigation for his alleged involvement in a Tea Party candidate's "secretly funded mail campaign."