FDLE: Amy Andrews holds two driver licenses

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By Jeff M. Hardison

TALLAHASSEE - Amy Andrews of Tennessee will no longer be voting in Chiefland city elections unless she actually moves here, because Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone made her correct an incorrect voter registration, according to records.

Andrews was among 11 people investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for voter fraud. Her voter registration showed her residence to be an office at 13 S.E. First Ave., Chiefland, according to FDLE records.

That address is the business office of A.D. Andrews Nursery, which is owned by Amy's father Andy Andrews, FDLE Special Agent in Charge Dominick Pape noted in a Sept. 19, 2007 memorandum.

"The subject (Amy Andrews) currently lives in the State of Tennessee," Pape wrote. "The subject holds a valid Tennessee Driver License, but states that she was allowed to keep her Florida license. The physical location associated with her Florida Driver License is her parents' home in Gainesville, Florida. Her Florida vehicle registration is associated with an address in Chiefland, but her parents no longer own that property."

Amy Andrews voted by absentee ballot in the Aug. 7, 2007 Chiefland city election.

Not only has Amy Andrews been allowed to vote in a place where she does not live, but she told the FDLE she held a driver license in two states at the same time, which is not legal, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Florida DHSMV Public Information Officer Ann Nucatola said Andrews was issued a driver license by Tennessee in March of 2006, and she should have surrendered her license to the clerk in Tennessee at the very moment she received the Tennessee license.

"You can only have one state of jurisdiction," Nucatola said, "and Tennessee is her state. You cannot have two valid driver licenses for different states at the same time."

If Amy Andrews had been allowed to keep her Florida license, Nucatola said, it would have expired in August of 2008. Her Florida license is not valid now, however, even if Andrews has it in her possession.

Nucatola said Florida is firm on moving driver license registrations too.

"Within 30 days of accepting employment, enrolling a child in public school, registering to vote, filing for Homestead Exemption, or if you reside in Florida for more than six consecutive months," she said, "you must switch your state of jurisdiction to Florida from another state."

The state where Amy Andrews lives has the same restrictions on the number of valid licenses on person may possess, according to a spokesperson for Tennessee.

Tennessee requires drivers to have only one valid license at a time, according to Tennessee Department of Safety Public Information Officer Laura McPherson.