|If you look at an election without people involved, the percentages for all 3 voting methods are similar. Not so when you add in people and their unholy absentee ballot brokers. The percentages don't make sense.|
There was a 20% voter turnout in the Miami Dade County primary, 248,605 ballots were cast.
It appears it is not only us watchdogs that are unhappy with absentee ballots. Candidates are finally coming forward to complain about them now. Paul Crespo (see his article in the Miami Herald today on Absentees), Pedro Garcia and John Julien have all contacted the State Attorney...like that will do any good. The video at the end of this blog post is of Former State Rep. John Julien discussing his experience.
Nothing seemed odder to me than the absentee ballot numbers in the Dennis Moss/Alice Pena race. Alice Pena raked in 1,425 absentee ballots. Dennis Moss got 1,855. They were pretty close in absentees. However on election day Pena got 1,521 votes to Dennis Moss's 5,343. He got almost 4 times as many votes. How did she do so well in absentees? In early voting he topped her with three times as many votes. Very odd numbers in this race.
Then we have the Mayor's race. Carlos Gimenez got almost as many votes in absentees as he got on election day. His election day total was 54,622 and his absentees were 54,595. He got a landslide of absentee compared to his closest rival. Joe Martinez got 20,000 less votes on election day but 30,000 less in absentees. That surprised me since the absentee ballot queen, Sasha Tirador was Martinez's campaign manager.
In the District 5 commission race, Bruno Barreiro got a lot more absentee votes than he got on election day: 3,784 absentees and 2,880 on election day. His challenger Luis Garcia did the same with a smaller margin: 2,222 absentees and a bit less on election day 2,163.
In the property appraiser race Pedro Garcia won on election day (48,119) and in early voting (16,674). Carlos Lopez Cantera got 46,636 on election day and 15,354 in early voting. However Lopez Cantera ruled the absentees and won because of them. He had 43,903 absentee to Garcia's 36,116. The same happened with one on the judge races - Group 15. Robert Coppel trounced Maria Elena Verde on election day and in early voting but somehow she got 10,000 more votes in the absentees to win the election 51.45% to 48.55%. Oddly Judge David Miller got more than twice as many votes than his opponent on election day and more than twice as many in early voting. However in absentees they were pretty close: 39,264 for Miller and 34,311 for Padilla. In The Teresa Mary Pooler vs. Victor DeYurre race (Group 49 Judge), DeYurre won on absentees 38,523 to 36,167. Pooler slaughtered him on election day 56,031 to 35,790 and won the election. Diane Gonzalez did the same in Group 10. She lost to Pando in absentees but won because of election day and early voting.
What does it all mean? To me it means that over and over on election day and early voting the percentages are pretty close. If someone wins on election day they also win in early voting by similar percentages. So why then do things get turned about in absentees? Why so often are absentees so different in percentages? I just don't get the numbers if there is no tampering with absentee ballots. Even when you look at all Republican races, you get these same lopsided results, so you can't simply say that more Republicans vote absentee. Also, most of the races I highlighted here were non-partisan. I chalk up the lopsided numbers to absentee ballot manipulation and outright fraud.
Off topic but worth noting: Do you realize that Dennis moss got 9,043 votes and Barbara Jordan got 12,939 votes to win their county commission races but they both make decisions that effect ALL 1,242,973 county voters? That means in Barbara Jordan's case she has the support of 1.04% of the people registered to vote in the county and Dennis Moss has the support of less than 1% of the voters even though they both make decisions for 100% of us. Makes you feel disenfranchised doesn't it?
I don't quite get Julien's beef as all methods of voting were pretty equal in his race and his opponent did beat him with early voting as well as absentees. But the Haitian radio ads he speaks about are disturbing. The PAC, Candidate John Julien mentions in this video, is Keith Donner's The Democracy Project. And, apparently there is yet a second woman vying for the title of absentee ballot queen (watch the video).