Homecoming Queen of election fraud accuses her of ‘life has been destroyed’.

It sounds like a TV movie, but it actually happened: A Florida teen arrested for stealing her 2020 Homecoming Queen election says the allegations ruined her life. Now her attorney says she plans to sue the school district. Read on to find out why authorities accused the girl of rigging voting with electronic devices, why her mother was also arrested, and why the highly unusual drama continues to unfold.

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That New York Post reports that Emily Rose Grover, 19, claims her civil rights were violated when she was accused of electronically rigging the homecoming queen election at Tate High School in Cantonment. Grover was expelled for the incident.

The controversy also prompted a university to revoke Grover’s full scholarship, her attorney, Marie Mattox, told the news outlet. “She has, as you can imagine, endured excruciating mental pain and suffering,” the attorney said. “Her life was destroyed. She’s trying to return to some semblance of normalcy.”

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The drama began when an anonymous ethics complaint was filed with the school district a month after Grover was crowned homecoming queen. The complaint alleged that Grover used her mother’s employee account, an assistant elementary school principal, in the school district to increase her vote count, Mattox said.

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In November 2020, the Escambia County School District contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to report that hundreds of student accounts were improperly accessed. After an investigation, the FDLE said it found evidence that 246 fraudulent votes were cast from accounts accessed from computers in the Grover family home or from the mother’s cell phone.

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Eight students and one teacher told investigators that Grover talked for nearly four years about accessing their mother’s employee account in the school district, and some actually watched her do it, court documents seen by the court show post.

“I knew Emily Grover was checking in with her moms [sic] School account to access grades and test results since freshman year when we became friends,” one student told authorities.

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In March 2021, Grover and her mother, Laura Rose Carroll, were arrested and charged with unlawful use of a two-way communication device and criminal use of personal information the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Earlier this year, Grover completed a pre-trial diversionary program and the charges against her were dropped. She is now enrolled at the University of West Florida. Carroll earlier this month pleaded no-appeal to a felony charge of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. She was sentenced to 18 months probation.


Grover’s attorney sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in early April, alleging that Grover had been wrongly accused and asking the agency to keep all evidence relevant to the case, the Post reported.

The attorney said Grover has until early November to sue the FDLE in addition to the school district. She believes the disgraced homecoming queen and her mother are innocent. “We believe the evidence will show that [Grover] did not do what it was accused of, that there was no electronic manipulation of the vote,” she said. “I don’t think her mother did either.” Homecoming Queen of election fraud accuses her of ‘life has been destroyed’.

Sarah Y. Kim

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