Commissioner Souto calls for controls on aggressive tactics at County polls
MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Feb. 5 approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Javier D. Souto directing the Mayor’s administration to recommend policies to control aggressive campaign tactics at County voting locations in order to ensure free access to the polls.
Commissioner Souto and other Commissioners said they were troubled by the aggressive tactics they witnessed at a number of early voting locations last year, including the use of bullhorns, name-calling, foul language, pushing, and blocking access to the polls. Commissioners discussed the possibility of using existing noise and nuisance ordinances to develop policies to rein in abuses at the polls.
“We need to bring civility to the voting process and let everyone have the same right to vote in a calm, civilized, organized way,” Commissioner Souto said.