As Election Day nears, absentee ballot fraud will likely be in Florida’s news headlines once again.
Carolina Lopez, spokeswoman for the Miami Dade Department of Elections, said staff there can determine if the person requesting a ballot is the one who actually receives it, but can’t control what happens to that ballot after that.
“It is important for voters to understand the full electoral process to avoid scammers wanting to fill out their ballots and influence their decisions on the ballot questions,” Lopez says.
Miami Diario and political blog Political Pasion are stepping in to help. They organized the Political Workshop for Hispanic Journalists in Florida with the goal of spreading this message: Absentee ballot fraud threatens to undermine democracy.
The workshop Tuesday in Miami Springs helped reporters learn more about how the issue affects Sunshine State voters.
“There are a lot of Hispanic journalists who don’t understand the politics of (Florida),” said Marianela Méndez, director of MiamiDiario.com. “It is important to know what we are going to do, how are we are going to do it, what are the informative venues we need in order to inform the Hispanic (voter) where to go, and what to do with their votes.”
Absentee ballot fraud has plagued Florida elections for years. In 1998, Florida Department of Law Enforcement chronicled multiple abuses starting as far back as 1984.
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By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
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