A parent of one of the victims of the Parkland school shooting is criticizing a policy that allowed gunman Nikolas Cruz to register to vote while he awaits trial.
Andrew Pollack's 17-year-old daughter, Meadow, was killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. He took to Twitter over the weekend to make it known that the move makes him sick to his stomach.
County records show Cruz registered as a Republican in July from his jail cell.
"Broward Sheriff Scott Israel let people into the jail to get him and other animals registered to vote," said Pollack, a frequent critic of Israel.
Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright pushed back against Pollack's statement on Saturday.
She said the process is handled by the supervisor of elections office and the Sheriff's Office merely acts a mail courier between the inmate and the elections office.
"Inmates being registered to vote is nothing new. It doesn't have anything to do with the sheriff," Coleman-Wright said. "Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal."