For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2013

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Candidates running for public office will now have to account for campaign workers who handle absentee ballots

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
At today's Board of County Commission meeting, Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed an ordinance sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz that requires candidates running for a County or Municipal office to identify paid campaign workers, who take part in absentee ballot activities.

The ordinance requires a candidate to file an electronic report, concurrently with the mandatory financial reports, identifying campaign workers 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 gets us one step closer to restoring the confidence of our residents in the electoral process,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Candidates as well as paid campaign workers should be held accountable for their actions.”

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


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