Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121687
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File Number: 121687 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: PRE-PAID RETURN ENVELOPES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS Introduced: 8/24/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 9/18/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: SEE FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED, 121939 Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE PRE-PAID RETURN ENVELOPES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Indexes: ABSENTEE BALLOT
  ELECTION ISSUES
Sponsors: Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/18/2012 11A1 Amended
REPORT: (SEE RELATED AGENDA ITEM 11A1 AMENDED, LEGISLATIVE FILE NUMBER 121939)

Board of County Commissioners 9/6/2012 14A3 4 Day Rule Invoked
REPORT: Commissioner Jordan invoked the 4-Day Rule on the foregoing proposed resolution.

Office of the Chairperson 9/4/2012 Additions 9/4/2012

County Attorney 9/4/2012 Assigned Infrastructure and Land Use Committee

County Attorney 8/24/2012 Assigned Oren Rosenthal

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE PRE-PAID RETURN ENVELOPES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County recently has experienced examples of alleged absentee ballot fraud; and
WHEREAS, absentee ballot fraud is typically associated with ballot brokers who seek to influence absentee voters by, among other methods, offering to pay the cost of postage for the return of absentee ballots to the Supervisor of Elections; and
WHEREAS, providing postage pre-paid return envelopes for absentee ballots will decrease the ability of ballot brokers to illegally influence voters in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the right to vote is a fundamental right in a democracy and should not be impeded by the payment of any costs such as postage; and
WHEREAS, the cost for providing pre-paid return envelopes would not exceed one hundred and seventy thousand dollars ($170,000.00) in any county-wide election,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. It shall be the policy of this Board to provide postage pre-paid return envelopes for all absentee ballots sent out by the Supervisor of Elections. The County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee is hereby directed to provide postage pre-paid return envelopes for domestic absentee voters in all elections in Miami-Dade County commencing with the November 6, 2012 general election.

Section 2. In the event that there are insufficient funds in the budget for the Department of Elections, the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee is directed to provide the necessary funding to the Department of Elections for all costs of providing pre-paid return envelopes for domestic absentee ballots through the mid-year budget amendment.



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