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Ex-officer Derek Chauvin voted in-person in Fla. twice despite being a permanent Minn. resident, documents show

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 10:20:07-04

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Protestor flocked to Derek Chauvin's vacation home in Windermere as the nation waited to see if he'd be charged in the death of George Floyd.

Now, he's formally charged with killing Floyd, but also facing other questions about his voting record in Florida.

New documents obtained by the I-Team show Chauvin registered his Minnesota home as his permanent residence.

Orange County officials tell ABC Action News Chauvin did not claim a homestead exemption on his Florida property dating all the way back to 2016. That's also the first year he voted in Florida.

The I-Team confirmed he voted in person on Nov. 2, 2016 at 9:12 a.m. and Oct. 24, 2018 at 3:24 p.m.

In his 2018 Minnesota tax bill, Chauvin did take the homestead tax break for his home in Oakdale, Minnesota. A property owner can only claim homestead on their primary residence.

It's unclear what documents Chauvin used to register to vote in Florida, but state officials confirm he has a valid Florida driver's license.

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Stetson University Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy says that could be important in any investigation into Chauvin's voting record.

"If you have the intent to stay in Florida permanently and you can demonstrate that by getting a driver’s license, registering a car here," Torres-Spelliscy said. "Those are indications that you actually live here and are not just at an AirBnb and in town for the election only."

We spoke to the local attorney who sparked these questions and called for Orange County's State Attorney Aramis Ayala to investigate. Dan Helm says he has not heard back from her office. We shared our findings with her office and ABC Action News will keep you updated if she takes any action.