Some of 'Chiefland 11' respond to accusations

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By Jeff M. Hardison

"The Chiefland 11" might be a name for the 11 people accused by former Chiefland City Commissioner Alice Monyei as having violated Florida law by voting in a precinct where they do not live.

While the six Andrews family members chose against making any comment about where the live in contrast with where they vote, other than Kelby Andrews who tried to intimidate a reporter with a verbal threat, some of the other 11 were willing to speak.

Lester R. Hunter, a member of the Chiefland City Commission for 18 years, was contacted at his Newberry residence on Nov. 26.

"I don't live in Newberry full-time," Hunter said. "I vote in Chiefland and in Levy County elections. I stay at my house in Chiefland a couple of times a week."

An agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a sheriff's deputy visited him at his Newberry home to speak with Hunter about the allegation of voter fraud, he said.

"The FDLE came to see me," Hunter said. "The man said there wasn't a thing in the world wrong with that (voting in Chiefland and Levy County)."

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