Gone Fishin’

“Electon officials in Ocoee planned a system of fraud that pa  ralleled the Jacksonville strategy: poll workers would challenge  black voters, who in turn would be forced to appear before the local notary public, R.C. Biegelow, and swear that they were registered voters. Whites in Ocoee later admitted that Biegelow was sent on fishing trips which made it impossible for prospective voters to find him.”

Sources: Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 by Paul Ortiz University of California Press 2005, p. 220 and; Lester J. Dabbs, “A Report of the Circumstances and Events of the Race Riot on November 2, 1920 in Ocoee, Florida” (M.A. Thesis, Stetson University, 1969) p. 24