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What is known is that since Carrillo informed Miami-Dade Police in mid-July about the actions of a Hialeah woman he was hired to follow, the county’s mayor and state attorney have been fending off questions about improper absentee-ballot collections, political operatives have been fired, and a 56-year-old woman known as a boletera has been charged with ballot fraud.
Carrillo said he was contacted in mid-July by a man who handed him Deisy Cabrera’s business card and hired him to follow her. The red-white-and-blue card had Cabrera’s name on the front and a hand-written note on the back that read in Spanish: “When your ballot gets to you, call me, I work all elections.”
Carrillo contacted Miami-Dade police. On July 24, Carrillo and police, acting separately, followed Cabrera first into the building housing Gimenez’s Hialeah campaign office, then into some residential apartments, eventually to Miami-Dade elections headquarters, and finally to a post office, where she is believed to have mailed 19 absentee ballots. Carrillo and police video-recorded and photographed some of Cabrera’s travels.
Police took Cabrera’s lead seriously because some tips of his have panned out in the past, said one law-enforcement officer. Cabrera was arrested nine days later. (Late Friday, another Hialeah man, Sergio “Tio” Robaina, was charged with two counts of absentee-ballot fraud, though authorities don’t think the two cases are related.)
Absentee voting has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, as police and prosecutors pursue a vote-fraud probe that has led to the arrest of two Hialeah boleteros, or ballot-brokers, accused of collecting absentee ballots from voters and in some cases fraudulently manipulating the votes.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade’s election canvassing board reviewed 195 absentee ballots collected by suspected boleteros to ensure that the ballots included valid signatures of voters; all but four of the ballots were accepted as valid.
But those ballots were just a sliver of the absentee vote in Miami-Dade. More than 92,000 absentee votes were cast in Tuesday’s primary, accounting for 37 percent of the total ballots cast, according to the county’s elections department. In comparison, about 55,000 absentee ballots were cast in the August 2008 primary, making up 29 percent of the votes in that election.
The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hope of winning a primary election.
State election officials were tipped off to the potential voter fraud when a suspiciously large number of residents of the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow suddenly changed party registration from Democrat to independent, making them eligible to vote in the upcoming Republican primary.
When contacted, several of the voters said they had not changed party affiliations, raising concern that someone had switched their party in an attempt to cast fraudulent absentee ballots on their behalf.
There is more fraud in absentee ballots and voter registration than any other categories. The analysis shows 491 cases of absentee ballot fraud and 400 cases of registration fraud. A required photo ID at the polls would not have prevented these cases.
“The one issue I think is potentially important, though more or less ignored, is the overuse of absentee balloting, which provides far more opportunity for fraud and intimidation than on-site voter fraud,” said Daniel Lowenstein, a UCLA School of Law professor.
Of reported election-fraud allegations in which a resolution could be determined, 46 percent resulted in acquittals, dropped charges or decisions not to bring charges.
Minnite says prosecutions are rare. “You have to be able to show that people knew what they were doing and they knew it was wrong and they did it anyway,” she said. “It may be in the end they [prosecutors] can't really show that the people who have cast technically illegal ballots did it on purpose.”
Originally posted by lakesidepark
I ask, how many people do not have ID? And cannot get one?
We have to have an ID for everything these days, to drive or any kind of public travel, to write checks or use credit cards, to obtain any kind of federal or state benefits, and so on. Why not to vote?
I also ask, how anyone can determine a conclusive number of fradulent votes without any identification of voters? Any number presented by the left to justify their argument of 'no voter fraud' is suspect, simply because they cannot substantially prove it.
And...I think the OP meant to represent all liberals that are trying to retain office....as I know several hard-core liberals that have no problem with voter ID. However most of the public discussion from elected liberals are in opposition to it.
Now those that oppose it and make accusations that it is 'disenfranchising' voters - if a citizen cannot make the effort to secure an ID to vote, they are too lazy. It's not that hard to get an ID. Note the person that recently travelled to DC to testify about the difficulty of her being able to travel across her own city to get an ID??? What a crock. Why should we make it easy for lazy and uninformed citizens, that do not particip[ate in our society, to vote on the direction of our society? No WONDER our government is so screwed up.
If it was me, I would REQUIRE more than voter ID, I would DEMAND proof that the citizen is informed and casting a vote based on issues and concerns....not celebrity status and popularity. Of course, that will never happen since it could be abused to shut out citizens. Voter ID is the best we can do.
How many countries allow voting without ID? Certainly few of the developed countries, and even some of the third-world countries prevent it.
And finally, who will be disenfranchised by this? The poor? If they get any kind of gov't. benefits they have ID. The elderly? Yes, some, this may be the most affected group...., and a lot of those are Republican.
Finally, anyone that cannot get motivated enough to get an ID is not participating in our society, probably not working, and not receiving benefits, probably not keeping up with the issues, and therefore are simply too ignorant to be allowed to participate in the direction of our country.
In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.
That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in "Who's Counting?", a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. Although the authors cover the whole range of voter fraud issues, their chapter on Minnesota is enough to convince any skeptic that there are times when voter fraud not only exists but can be critical to the outcome of a critical race.
In the '08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes............
Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted -- not just accused, but convicted -- of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial. "The numbers aren't greater," the authors say, "because the standard for convicting someone of voter fraud in Minnesota is that they must have been both ineligible, and 'knowingly' voted unlawfully." The accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong.
Still, that's a total of 243 people either convicted of voter fraud or awaiting trial in an election that was decided by 312 votes. With 1,099 examples identified by Minnesota Majority, and with evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn't require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud.
York: When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots
Florida - On Mar. 9, 2011 the Florida rules of Executive Clemency were toughened. Automatic restoration of civil rights and the ability to vote will no longer be granted for any offenses. All individuals convicted of any felony will now have to apply for executive clemency after a five year waiting period. Individuals who are convicted, or who have previously been convicted, of certain felonies such as murder, assault, child abuse, drug trafficking, arson, etc. are subject to a seven year waiting period and a clemency board hearing to determine whether or not the ability to vote will be restored.
Prior to the Mar. 9, 2011 rule change some individuals convicted of non-violent felonies were re-enfranchised automatically by the Clemency Board upon completion of their full sentence, including payment of fines and fees.
Iowa - On Jan. 14, 2011, the Republican Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, issued executive order 70, rescinding a law allowing people convicted of a felony to automatically have their ability to vote restored after completing their sentences. The automatic voting restoration law had been instituted by former Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack's signing of executive order 42 in 2005. Felons in Iowa must now pay all outstanding monetary obligations to the court in addition to completing their sentence and period of parole or probation. People convicted of a felony may then apply for restoration of the ability to vote.
South Dakota - On Mar. 19, 2012, HB 1274 was enacted. The bill took the ability to vote away from convicted felons serving terms of probation. Previously, only persons on parole or incarcerated were ineligible to register to vote. Now convicted felons must serve their full term of incarceration, parole, and probation before they may register to vote.