Although I do applaud the Herald mentioning another blog in the article today (the blog reported that two women were arrested in Hialeah caught with a bundle of absentee ballots), that Blog author has actually followed around these absentee ballot brokers in the past, the North Miami absentee voter case that the Herald cited was uncovered and reported to the State's Attorney Office by our blog. And the penalty recently added to the law the Herald and Rundle cited on the books: Eye On Miami too. Watch the video Nov. 9, 2011, Rebeca Sosa mentions Eye On Miami specifically at the beginning of the video. So this effort to stop Absentee Ballot Fraud is being waged by more than one blog. The Miami Herald left us out in all their reporting. ALSO SEE THE POST BELOW THIS ON ABSENTEE BALLOT STRATEGIES THAT EYE ON MIAMI HAS WORKED ON. Thank you Miami Herald...and after all the free research I have done for your reporters.
In the article Katherine Fernandez Rundle says that it makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to pick up or return more than two absentee ballots other than their own...she fails to mention the heavy restrictions on those 2. To pick up an absentee ballot of a non-family member the affidavit requires a PHYSICIANS statement. I asked the election chief how many affidavits were submitted last election and if I remember correctly, she said two. Anyway here is section 12-14:
The designee must provide to the Supervisor of Elections identification from the elector, picture identification of the designee, and a written statement signed by the elector authorizing the designee by name to pick up and/or return the absentee ballot. If the elector is a member of the designee's immediate family, the signed statement must include the circumstances requiring the designee to pick up and/or return the absentee ballot. If the elector is not a member of the designee's immediate family, the designee must also provide to the Supervisor of Elections a statement signed by a physician on that physician's stationery that, due to a medical emergency involving the elector or elector's dependent, the named elector is unable to vote at the polls and is unable to pick up and/or return an absentee ballot in person. A designee may retrieve, pick up and/or return (whether by hand, by mail or by any other method) no more than two
(2) absentee ballots other than his or her own per election, only one
(1) of which may be for an elector not of the designee's immediate family. For purposes of this section, "immediate family" means the elector's spouse or the parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the elector. A designee may only pick up and/or return an absentee ballot on the day before or day of the election for an immediate family member and on the day of the election for a non-family member. The designee must complete an affidavit that states that the designee is authorized by the elector to retrieve and/or return the elector's ballot and shall indicate his or her relationship to the elector, if any. Any person picking up and/or returning absentee ballots in violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court having jurisdiction over the cause. * (see video)