|Close out Memo written by State Attorney Joe Centorino, May 2010|
The ordinance passed by the County Commission 12/6/2011 taking effect on July 1 only added a PENALTY TO AN EXISTING ORDINANCE approved in 2002. The 2002 Ordinance was impossible to enforce without a penalty according to the State Attorney's Office. Eye on Miami lobbied County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa for the penalty addition. (Hit read more to see my blog at the time.)
From the minutes of the County Meeting 11/09/2011:
"Commissioner Sosa noted she sponsored this ordinance after reading about Ms. Thompson’s experience on the Internet blog entitled “Eye on Miami,” and seeing comments that said penalties were needed in this process. She noted this ordinance would establish a $1,000 fine and/or impose a penalty of up to 60 days of incarceration in the County jail for violating the rules for picking up and/or returning absentee ballots in Miami-Dade County."
The time has come to subscribe to the Miami Herald. I couldn't see the editorial without subscribing. If you get the paper Herald you get the subscription for free. I guess my links will be useless to most of you who refuse to give the Herald your money. The Miami Herald Daily Q asked if there should be a referendum on the Dolphin Stadium Funding. 92% of responders said Yes.
From my blog post 9/13/2011
What can you do TODAY?
Call Rebeca Sosa's and Xavier Suarez's offices. Tell Them to sponsor a PENALTY to combat one type of Absentee Ballot Fraud. Miami Dade County Code Section 12-14 needs a criminal penalty for it's violation or the State Attorney's Office cannot act on it according to Joe Centorino, formerly of that office. He said that absentee ballot fraud or any other type of ballot fraud is generally punishable as a third degree felony crime, which calls for up to 5 years in State Prison. Tell Rebeca and Xavier you want them to sponsor legislation that adds the penalty to County Code Section 12-14. Also call your own County Commissioner. Ask them to sponsor it too.