I was so angry at the Miami Herald today I posted a comment. The first time in months. The paper moderates comments. When did that start? They don't have enough staff as it is.
Anyway, the Miami Herald ditched my comment: Here is what I wrote on Scott Hiaasen's article on absentee ballot fraud probe in Hialeah:
Scott and other reporters: Stop saying they can possess 2 ballots.
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. And:
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.
Even stupid Rundle said it. How about the caveats people?
I asked Penny Townsley the top dog at Elections:
Okay…these women in Hialeah, would they also have to have the affidavit with them with the ballot…how does it work? If they can't pick up without the paperwork do they have to have that in their possession with the one ballot they are picking up?
She said: "Yes, if they were authorized designees, they would have an affidavit signed by the voter or a letter signed by the voter naming them as authorized designees." She said further, "It is a violation of County Code for anyone to handle another person's ballot in any manner, other than through the Absentee Ballot Designee Policy."