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Defeated Miami-Dade judge candidate says he never hired Hialeah boletera

via @msanchezMIA and @kikeflor

After having learned that his name appears next to the amount of $1,500 in a notebook kept by an alleged Hialeah ballot broker, lawyer Ricardo Corona said Tuesday that he never hired anyone to collect absentee ballots on his behalf during his unsuccessful campaign for a Miami-Dade judgeship in 2008.

“I do not know Deisy Cabrera. I have never met Deisy Cabrera. And I have not paid anybody to make payments to Deisy Cabrera,” Corona said in an interview with El Nuevo Herald, referring to the alleged ballot broker, or boletera, who was arrested last year.

Cabrera, 57, was charged last summer with ballot fraud and collecting absentee ballots in violation of a county ordinance. She has pleaded not guilty.

When authorities arrested Cabrera, they seized three notebooks in which she kept the names and contact information of more than 550 voters she apparently visited during every election cycle. Dozens of voters have said that Cabrera helped them fill out their absentee ballots, and many of them said they did not know whom they had voted for.

Cabrera also wrote down the names of seven judicial candidates in 2008 next to amounts of money that add up to more than $10,000. Through her attorney, Cabrera has said that she will not speak to El Nuevo Herald.

More here.