Link to the video.
Judith Thompson (in the short video above) tried to vote in North Miami Beach but was told she already voted. She was a victim of absentee ballot voter fraud. The crooks assumed when they stole her absentee ballot that because of her disability Judith would not try to vote on election day. She did go to vote. This is her story.
When I was told of Judith's plight by one of our readers, I called Elections with her on the line to see what could be resolved. They would not send her the absentee ballot envelope or even a copy of what she was supposed to have signed, so I would have to take her down to Elections to see it as she is disabled. I went to pick her up at the Assisted Living Facility on December 20th 2010. When I arrived, she had fallen that morning and I had to wait for them to get her off the floor and ready to go. The plan was I was going to transport Judith to the County Elections Department in Doral and then take her back to her home. I had to help her in and out of the car (with help at elections - not from their staff) as she was paralyzed from the waist down. I also had to lug her wheelchair in and out of the trunk 4 times. Here is the most annoying part about the outing - remember I have nothing to do with this except my goal to help a woman whose vote was stolen from her - and in response to my advocacy, this is what the Elections Department wrote to me:
In the event this request extends past the estimated 15 minutes, then we will provide you with an invoice for actual labor expenses incurred in 15-minute increments.This made me so angry. You would think they would care about a stolen vote at Elections and want to get to the bottom of it, and they would be happy that I went to so much trouble to get to the bottom of it.
Could Mrs. Thompson have forgotten that she received and returned the ballot? She said no numerous times. As a former County worker, she was sharp as a tack mentally. We compared the ballot envelope signature to a fresh signature sample done by Judith at Elections as well as to the signature on her State identification card. The signature on the absentee ballot envelope when compared with Mrs. Thompson's valid signature wasn't even close. There were three of us looking at the signatures. The envelope signature was very tight compared to her looser hand and the capital letters were written differently. I asked Elections how they verify absentee ballot signature, they said:
The signatures are verified electronically. If the signature on the certificate requires further review, then the certificate is reviewed manually. - Michelle G. McClain, Assistant Deputy Supervisor, Voter Services
It is interesting to note that when Miami Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin reviewed petition signatures he did them ALL manually and had a handwriting expert on hand. Maybe the Elections Department's program is not working as it allowed Mrs. Thompson to be disenfranchised by a forged signature. I got a few different stories about how signatures are verified at the Election's Department. I even called the software company that supplies Elections and they were very defensive. I asked them about statistics on accuracy, They never called back. Joe Centorino at the State's Attorney's office (now head of County's Ethics), at my urging, instituted an investigation into Mrs. Thompson's lost vote. He said it was difficult proving these cases. His biggest complaint was that there is no penalty for people from campaigns picking up absentee ballots from voters even though it is illegal. He needs to have a penalty to impose on the illegal activity in order to make arrests.
Watch Judith's body language in the video above. She is so defeated and upset because her vote was stolen. It was heartbreaking. Absentee ballot fraud is rampant in Miami Dade County and it is stealing close elections. Everyone knows it...but no one will lift a finger to stop it. The Judith Thompson story is just one instance of a stolen vote.
Please read the other two parts of this series
Part 2 Absentee Ballot Fraud: My View. By Absentee Ballot Skeptic.
Part 3 - Absentee Ballot Fraud: How it is Done and How You Can Help.