Here is the scoop from Jimmie Williams. Big supporters of Jimmy Williams, running in seat 4, said volunteers came into their home and filled out their 4 ballots. The homeowners told the volunteers they wanted Jeff Porter and Jimmie Williams. The volunteers took 3 of the ballots with them, the voter (niece?) wouldn't give them her ballot. The one they left behind was marked with Mark Bell and Norman Hodge. That voter did not want Mark Bell or Norman Hodge.
Note from Elections Supervisor Penny Townsley:
I have confirmed that the State Attorney's Office is aware of the accusations.
Absentee Ballot Voting is, and continues to be, a convenient and safe way to vote. The Department has policies and procedures to properly handle absentee ballots, including a thorough authentication of the voter’s signature on the envelope. Our voters can further protect their right to vote by:
Keeping their absentee ballot between the voter and the Elections DepartmentIt has never been easier to return a completed absentee ballot directly to the Elections Department now that no postage is necessary for countywide elections.
Not giving their ballot to anyone who is not authorized (Genius: A candidate is not authorized or a candidate's representative)
Making sure that the absentee ballot is properly signed before returning the ballot
Ensuring the ballot is received by the Elections Department no later than 7:00 pm on Election Night
Maintaining a current signature on file with the Elections Department
If someone observes illegal or unethical behavior, we encourage them to contact the State Attorney’s Public Corruption Hotline at 305-547-3300 and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust Hotline at 786-314-9560.