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For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2012
Media Contact:
GiGi Bolt


Pre-paid return envelopes for absentee ballots measure passes

Commissioner Esteban Bovo sponsored a resolution aimed at curtailing absentee ballot fraud which was passed at yesterday's Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners meeting. The measure provides pre-paid postage return envelopes for absentee ballots at an estimated cost of $170,000 for county-wide elections.

"Providing a pre-paid return envelope for absentee ballots severely diminishes the influence of ballot brokers who prey on the elderly," said Commissioner Bovo. "By taking away their ability to offer postage in return for handling the absentee ballots we are restoring a voter's peace of mind when requesting an absentee ballot.

The initiative will apply to county-wide elections; the cost to provide pre-paid postage of absentee ballots for municipal elections will be up to the discretion of each municipality. The cities of Hialeah and Miami Lakes have already pledged to provide their residents with pre-paid absentee ballot return envelopes.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Bovo's office at 305-375-4831.