For Immediate Release:
September 06, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega
OlgaV@miamidade.gov
786-258-1635



Commissioner Diaz presents ordinance to curtail absentee-ballot fraud


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
At today's Board of County Commission meeting, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Diaz presented an ordinance requiring any candidates for County or municipal offices to file a report identifying the names of all paid and volunteer campaign workers participating in absentee ballot related activities. The ordinance, which was approved on first reading, aims to bring transparency to the campaign process in bringing violators of absentee ballot fraud and those who support them to light.
 
"Absentee ballot fraud has become an increasingly widespread problem affecting Miami-Dade County and we as elected officials must do our part to restore faith in the integrity of our electoral process." said Commissioner Diaz.
 
The ordinance requires a candidate to file an electronic report, concurrently with the mandatory financial reports, identifying campaign workers and volunteers whether directly or indirectly employed by the campaign; who take part in absentee ballot related campaign activities. The form will be created by the Supervisor of Elections and will carry penalties of up to $5,000.00 for failure to report. Additionally, the fine cannot be paid as a campaign expense but must come from the candidate's personal funds.

The item is tentatively scheduled to be heard at the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee in November before it comes before the full Board of County Commissioners for final approval.
 
Commissioner Diaz is also supporting a resolution urging the Florida legislature to revert to the absentee-ballot rules in place prior to 1997, which required voters give a reason for voting by absentee -ballot.
 
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.


 

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOSE PEPE DIAZ DISTRICT 12
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 320 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343