(CNN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not dead. But according to one elections official in Naples he died in 2006.
That’s the story the Republican governor told the Miami Herald Thursday, explaining how he attempted to cast an early ballot and was told the unsettling news.
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“I went in, I was doing early voting, so I went in to the office in Naples, in the city hall where they were doing early voting, and they said, ‘You can’t vote because you’re dead.’ They didn’t say you couldn’t vote, they said, ‘You’re dead. You’re passed away,’” Scott said.
The officials, after seeing Scott’s ID, allowed him to cast a provisional ballot, and the next time he went to vote he appeared to re-join the ranks of the living.
“They didn’t ask for it the next time I voted, so I guess I’m not dead anymore,” Scott told the Herald.
Scott, who was elected governor in 2010, is currently embroiled in dueling lawsuits surrounding his push to remove non-U.S. citizens from Florida’s voter rolls. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice formally filed suit against Florida, saying the removal efforts violated federal voting rules.
Florida filed a lawsuit of its own against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, saying the federal agency was restricting access to a citizenship database.
On Thursday, Scott told the Herald he “couldn’t imagine why we’re having a conversation about having non-citizens voting in our state.”
“Nobody believes non-US citizens should vote,” Scott continued. “We know they register to vote and we know they vote in elections.”