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Miami-Dade voter-fraud case widens

Of the 31 absentee ballots that have become the focus of an investigation into possible election fraud in Hialeah, at least one appears to have a forged signature.

The ballot belonged to Zulema Gómez, 81, who entered a nursing home five months ago suffering from Alzheimer’s and a brain tumor. On the ballot’s envelope someone wrote: “The lady is my sister. I sign like this because she has arthritis + she has difficult signing. Thank you.”

However, her sister, Olga Gómez, said Wednesday that she never wrote that message. Two weeks ago, she said, Daisy Cabrera took the blank absentee ballot and promised to go to the nursing home in Miami Springs and deliver it to Zulema. The sisters have known Cabrera for four years, when she visited them during the 2008 presidential election to help them with their absentee ballots.

“She was going to the [nursing] home,” said Gómez, 68. “I don’t know if she actually went, but it’s a lie that I signed that.”

Cabrera could face serious charges if it is established that she forged the signature on the ballot.

Last week, Cabrera, a well-known “ballot woman,” or boletera, in Hialeah, was detained and questioned while carrying a dozen ballots while she rode in a Toyota Camry driven by Matilde Martínez. A day before, she had taken 19 ballots to a post office in Hialeah, not knowing she was being watched by detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Public Corruption Unit.

She has not been charged with a crime, although a county ordinance prohibits carrying more than two other people’s absentee ballots. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has said it is expanding the investigation to determine whether a felony has been committed.

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Wilhelmina Parks

Is Daisy Cabrera to be persecuted for her unselfish acts of kindness?

While it might be technically illegal for her to fill out and turn in a ballot for Zulema Gómez and others, there's certainly nothing immoral, unethical, or wrong with her doing so. Who could doubt that Cabrera had Gómez's best interests first and foremost in her heart? Cabrera quite obviously knew how Gómez would have voted, had she been able to do so for herself. Hundreds of thousands of elderly Floridians would be disenfranchised if it weren't for good Samaritans like Daisy Cabrera.

Shame on the obviously right-wing Miami-Dade authorities for trying to take away right to vote Zulema Gómez's right to vote. Ugh, I hate Republicans.

JR

Anyone want to buy some swamp land in Arizona? Maybe with money left by the tooth fairy? Democrat operatives can flaunt their dishonesty because they usually get away with it. Amazingly someone in the Dade County state attorneys office had the guts to question this dishonesty for once.

LadyChurchill

Voter fraud is hardly an act of kindness.

LadyChurchill

Taking advantage of seniors suffering from Altzheiners to further your political agenda is hardly an act of kindness.

LadyChurchill

Forgery is not an act of kindness.

Wilhelmina Parks

Correcting a ytpo: Shame on the obviously right-wing Miami-Dade authorities for trying to take away Zulema Gómez's right to vote.

Dan

Shame on the Miami-Dade authorities for taking away Cabreras right to vote other peoples ballots for them.

Rick Averill

Is there one second of doubt as to WHICH candidate this women forged all these votes for in her "unselfish act of kindness"?

We need some common sense

This is not a partisan issue the candidates being supported are Republicans and so are the people who are complaining about it. There is so much absentee ballot fraud is has to be stopped, I can think of several elections lately that were won on absentee ballots. If Zulema Gomez's or anyone can't make the decisions on who they are voting for they should not be voting.

Tim

Maybe we should give Wilhelmina the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps she meant her post as a parody of how liberals think. "Cabrera quite obviously knew how Gómez would have voted, had she been able to do so for herself." That can only be parody. A bit over the top, but still....

Brian

Absentee ballots are rife with fraud and should be eliminated. If you can't show up to vote and show an ID to identify yourself, you should not be permitted to vote.

bobguild76

You are correct that absentee ballots (can be) rife with fraud, but there are exceptions. Both my sons served overseas as Marines, and voted absentee. As a Navy pilot during the Cold War, many of us had to vote absentee while on deployment.

There have always been provisions for appropriate absentee ballot voting. Unfortunately, many people abuse the provision, as seems to be in this case. But let's not throw the baby out with the dirty wash water.

Lurking247

Tim, I agree, but the real tip-off was calling the Miami-Dade authorities right-wing.

DonM

One way to solve it is to demand a thumb print on each ballot. That limits fraudulent votes to amputees.

I don't care for the idea of a government ID as a requirement to vote. That puts voter qualification in the hands of the SEIU, a hyper partisan organization if there ever was one.

lucy

That is the problem of millions of bells, the money they have is to buy absentee ballots, and buy votes. They should investigate all absentee ballots and they would realize that more than half are fraud. Also not surprisingly, the bells put the name of their office with your address to apply for these tickets. Most of the winning candidates for absentee ballots is because they have the money to buy, decent people who have no vested interest money does not buy votes What we hope is that voters are aware and no longer buy these thieves have not yet placed and you are stealing, awaits us after they win?

Perplexed

Here is the botom line on voter fraud in this country. Elements of the democratic party want to win elections by using illegals and dead people voters. If photo ids are required when you vote then that makes this effort much more difficult. There is NO credible way to determine that the person voting is who they say they are without photo ids. Anyone who supports the integrity of the electoral process would support these reasonalble and prudent requirements.

JB in TUC

Shame on all you right wingers for trying to prevent Cabrera from voting illegally, dozens of times. It is pure racial disenfranchisement to want one person to vote only once, after being verified as actually being that same person. This totally smacks in the face the lefts constant effort to lower the standards if success cannot be achieved the right way. Shame on you.

Liberty27

Our country is changing at such a rapid pace and not for the better.

We talk of voter fraud but what about the nearly one million tax paying citizens who have completed their contracts handed down to them by a court of law by completing due process and are still being denied the right to vote in Florida? Florida has some of the harshest disenfranchisement laws for voters in the country. The other 47 states in our country restore these rights after completion of sentence. Gov Scott and Pam Bondi have extended this disenfranchisement to last a live time for most of these men and women. Only 78 had their rights restored last year by the Florida Executive Board of Clemency. Their agenda is not to help these men and women, who served their time, get reestablished back into their communities. They must continue to struggle as second class citizens along with their families’ right along side of them.

I have always loved history. It was always my favorite subject in high
school and college. I have always felt that if we failed to learn from the lessons that history teaches us we are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Our founding fathers established a government that they wanted to stand the test of time. By forming our Constitution grounded on moral Christian truths and values of the ages was perfect. They knew that these truths were constant and will never change. Our constitution is being eroded and watered down by today's moral decay. Some politicians down through the centuries have always bent to the popular demands of the people of their day. We have a silent majority in this country that I believe can turn this around.

I am passionate about civil rights. I served to help defend those rights in the military when my country put out the call for service. I see our freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be protected by our constitution not being preserved. Many are saying that this document is outdated and should be revised or even replaced. If we are not diligent in protecting these freedoms they can be taken away from us. Freedom is not free but comes with a price. My website www.aarcr.org is meant to open up a dialogue about what is currently happening in our country. Every year the number of Americans that are being disenfranchised as American citizens is increasing. We are not addressing the root problems of this rise but only putting people away for awhile as a fix all and not trying to help them get reestablished after they have paid their debt to society. The problem for these men and women started in the family but we can help to reeducate and rehabilitate these individuals at a far lower cost and help to give them a new lease on life. Our country spent over $74 billion dollars last year in growing our correctional system. This system is broke. There is a better way. It is sad to say that we were not all created equal in how we were raised as a child. A good many were brought up in broken homes and dysfunctional families and had to fend for themselves because the parent was either to busy working to pay the bills or just did not care. There is something terribly wrong with this. There is a better way. Put them away and throw away the key I have heard some say. When this hits closer to home I do not believe they will be feeling this way. This is what I believe to be true:

Justice without serving a function is oppression.
Punishment without serving a purpose is persecution.

Our justice system in this country is broke and in need of major repairs. Our country has become addicted to incarceration. This has become the fix all for everything. Our United States has the highest incarceration numbers in the world. As of 2011 we had 2.3 million men and women behind bars according to the International Center for Prison Studies. In comparison China has four times our population and is a distant second with 1.6 million people behind bars and we lecture them on human rights. Our next generation has some urgent decisions to make. Do we continue down this road of statues quo or do we get back to the basics of what our constitution represents?

The Brave men and women who went before us dedicated their lives that our nation remains free from tyranny and continue to be established as a government of the people, by the people and for the people; that the civil rights and civil liberties of its citizens be protected under our nation’s constitution. These decisions will establish the future legacy of our great nation. Do you want to part of the solution or do you want to just sit back and complain about the results of a failing system? Contact your congressman and demand a change. Help us restore democracy and civil rights for all Americans by reestablishing our a government of the people, by the people and for the people in that these rights continue to be protected in spite of race, color, gender or previous condition of penal servitude. Every human being deserves a second chance, a fair chance at living free from persecution and oppression. You may be just one voice but together we are strong; undivided and united we will be heard.
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