Accusations Fly In Miami Springs Mayoral Race Over Absentee Ballot Fliers
Over the past few days, Miami Springs voters have received a flier urging them to vote by mail in the city's election on Tuesday. It includes a request form for an absentee ballot and an official-looking envelope. But the P.O. box on the envelope doesn't correspond to the county's department of elections. Instead, it belongs to a private company owned by Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia.
"This is standard practice," the mayor says of the flier. "It is allowed by Miami-Dade elections 100 percent."
Garcia is running for reelection against Miami Springs councilwoman Jennifer Ator. Legal or not, she believes Garcia's fliers are misleading.
"This is a time-tested tactic in political campaigns: File a frivolous complaint against your opponent just to drag their name through the mud before the election," says Custin. He says the vast majority of campaigns in Dade work to increase turnout by collecting voter registrations. The tactic is particularly important for an incumbent like Garcia soon after the absentee ballot rolls have been purged.
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