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UPDATED Hialeah absentee-ballot broker arrested, charged with ballot fraud

A Hialeah woman was arrested and charged with absentee-ballot fraud Thursday morning after police say she fraudulently obtained a ballot from a terminally ill woman in a nursing home.

The arrest ended more than a week of speculation in a case that has roiled Hialeah and the races for Miami-Dade’s state attorney and mayor.

Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 56, was charged with absentee-ballot fraud, a third-degree felony, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters. Investigators suspect Cabrera, a ballot broker known in Spanish as a boletera, of illegally collecting at least 31 absentee ballots.

Police detectives followed Cabrera over two days last week. On July 24, according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Thursday, she dropped off 19 absentee ballots at a Hialeah post office.

The next day, detectives followed Cabrera into a nursing home, where she went into the room of a woman identified by police as Z.G. The officers overheard Cabrera telling Z.G. that she was sent there by the woman’s sister to get her signature. A few minutes later, Cabrera left.

When the detectives went into the room to speak to Z.G., they found she was unresponsive. The detective said hello and waved to Z.G., whose eyes were open, the warrant says, “but she [stared] off into space and did not respond to the greeting.” Developing story here.

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Wilhelmina Parks

We are in need of more good people like Daisy Cabrera -- a virtuous, even noble, woman whose intentions are so clearly honorable. As such, her illicit means should be permissible and not be punished. We can ill afford to crack down on someone like her. Otherwise, we may well end up electing bad people.

Perry Clark

I cannot more strongly disagree with those who feel we need more "good people" like Daisy Cabrera, "virtuous, noble" people who by apparently supernatural means know the intentions of others, and who are so "clearly honorable" in illegally voting in the name of or for others.

In some states, persons convicted of (some) felonies lose the privilege of voting. If Ms. Cabrera is convicted of felonious voting fraud, will she retain her voting privilege? Should she? Perhaps in addition to whatever other punishment is given for this crime, voting privileges should be revoked for a period of 12 years or through the next three presidential elections, whichever is longer?

Wilhelmina Parks

Well, well, well. It appears that another commenter would not only disenfranchise Zulema Gómez and those like her, he'd also disenfranchise Daisy Cabrera. Quite obviously he's a Republican -- and likely favors the use of photo identification at the polls to suppress voting as well.

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