Former Eatonville mayor found guilty of voter fraud

By John W. Davis, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:21 PM EDT

Former Eatonville Anthony Grant has been found guilty of voter fraud.

The jury came to the decision Friday night.

Grant, as well as campaign workers Mia Nowells and James Randolph, were indicted in January on 25 counts of voter fraud, including intimidating voters and tampering with absentee ballots.

Nowells was found guilty of one felony charge.

Grant was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott

On Thursday, a judge granted the defense’s motions of acquittal on seven counts, but Grant still faced 18.

"There was no privacy. Anthony Grant was standing right there ... and took the ballot with him to make sure it would be counted," Assistant State Attorney Richard Wallsh said during closing arguments Friday.

Grant testified on his own behalf Thursday and said he and his team won because they put in long hours of campaigning in the 2015 election.

It's not the first time Grant has been accused of voter fraud. He faces similar allegations in 1991, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing.