For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Diaz sponsors ordinance pertaining to campaign workers who handle Absentee Ballots

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
In order to bring more transparency to campaign process, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz sponsored an ordinance, which was preliminarily approved by the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee on December 12, 2012. The ordinance would require candidates running for a County or Municipal office to identify paid and unpaid volunteers, who take part in absentee ballot campaign activities.

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.

“This ordinance will make an investigation relating to absentee ballots more feasible,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Knowing who is working on the activities pertaining to absentee ballots will restore confidence in our electoral process with a more transparent procedure.”

The item will go before the full Board of County Commissioners for final approval on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.


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