A Miami-Dade ethics commission investigation has found questionable absentee-ballot practices at a North Miami Beach assisted-living facility where three residents reported voting problems — and where, after a visit from investigators, one employee said she was instructed to toss all future ballots “in the garbage.”
The nine-month investigation began after Judith Thompson was turned away from the polls in last year’s general election after being told she had already voted absentee — though she had never requested a ballot. Two other women at the Park Plaza Retirement Residence also had trouble voting by mail.
No charges were filed as a result of the probe, initiated by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office in January and completed by the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust last month.
The six-page investigation report found Thompson was denied her right to vote when someone else, with a different signature, mailed an absentee ballot in her name.
Two other incidents also revealed irregularities. Daisy Davis’ vote was rejected because the “X” signature on her absentee-ballot envelope did not match her signature. And Agnes Keyzer never requested or received an absentee ballot — though one was mailed to her after someone sent a request with a forged signature.