President Barack Obama needs to send the Justice Department in to investigate the absentee ballot fraud that is wrecking democracy in Miami-Dade County. We can't trust Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle with any investigations because the scandal leads back to them. In fact, it took a private investigator named Joe Carrillo to expose the outright theft of votes committed by the absentee ballot brokers allegedly hired by politicians like Gimenez and Rundle.

County public corruption detectives and the state attorney recently were forced to open a criminal probe after Carrillo, who says he has no connections to any candidates, gave them leads on two women, Deisy Cabrera and Matilde Martinez. The next day, while questioning the women, cops found that Cabrera was holding a dozen absentee ballots belonging to other voters.

After intense media scrutiny, Rundle finally arrested Cabrera last week on a third-degree felony of absentee ballot fraud and two misdemeanors for illegally possessing more than two ballots belonging to other voters. Rundle has recused herself from the case. She has a possible conflict of interest because her campaign manager, Al Lorenzo, also works for Gimenez's campaign. In past elections, Lorenzo has hired Cabrera to work for him.

Gimenez continues to deny the women were working for him or one of his political consultants. But what else do you expect him to say?

If the state attorney and the county's top elected official are relying on these brokers, who fill out the ballots of the elderly voters they prey on, you know the system won't get fixed anytime soon. This is another scandal that affirms we live in a banana republic. It reminds me of the rampant voter fraud that was uncovered in the 1997 Miami mayoral race, when even dead people were casting ballots.

The way things are going, we'll need Jimmy Carter to monitor the presidential election in November, because I imagine Mitt Romney has already paid bundles of cash to people like Cabrera and Martinez to seal the deal for him.

This debacle should motivate Miami-Dade residents to get off their butts and vote on Election Day. If not, they don't have the right to complain about the state of our Third-World government.

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ArrozConMango
ArrozConMango

Ummmm HELLO!! Try Hialeah Politics! They have been doing this for years!! The Hialeah Housing Authority is a Republican Party Buffet! Nothing like scaring unos viejitos who live in subsidized housing into turning over their ballots because they fear they will get kicked out or worse have to live with family in a shitty efficiancy. Talk about fraud there. We have not had a "democratic" election in I don't even know how long. Someone should investigate that. Oh wait, why bother, throw the viejitos a little get together, shake hands with the Mayor or some politician while throwing cuban coffee and pastelitos to them and they will not know the difference or complain. 

 

Sigh...how sad to leave your island for political reasons and then get involved in the BS in your own city out of fear and lies.

 

Welcome to America...

 

 

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

Voter fraud has been a problem in Dade County for decades. These "ballot bokers" are all over.

Come to Florida City, Lut, go to Liberty City and Miami Gardens and you will find people picking up ballots and "helping people fill their ballots". We are as bad as Chicago, where even the dead vote. Some candidates pay with favors, some with money, and some brokers are fans of these people trying to run our cities, states and even nation. It is not just one group. Lut.....we need to educate our people.

 

 

mchlwnd
mchlwnd

luther there has never been democracy in miami,just ask all the black police people that have been fired in all the town along the beach,start with 33154.

run.randrand
run.randrand

WITHOUT THEFT, CRIME OR FRAUD--I MEAN----WHAT WOULD THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO DO DAILY??!!

tw1-jk
tw1-jk

Democracy in Miami? Dream on!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania GOP House Majority Leader: Voter ID Will Allow Mitt Romney To Win State

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

the gop think putting tokens=the white house

 former governor of alaska=women vote

fake plumber= blue collar vote

former godfather pizza ceo=bl ack vote

Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"=A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the Hispanic community

 
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