Absentee Ballot Fraud Could Derail Obama In 2012

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Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, he highlights the absentee ballot scam on the electoral process.

Rampant absentee ballot fraud is destroying democracy in Miami and across the United States. County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa has proposed that anyone caught messing with absentee ballots will go to jail for 60 days and pay a $1,000 fine. Ten of her colleagues agree on the plan, which will be voted on this month. Sosa is also urging the state legislature to charge anyone who collects absentee ballots with a felony.

Why do we need such a plan? The Miami-Dade ethics commission just concluded that three North Miami Beach residents' votes were stolen via the absentee ballot process.But more and more, absentee ballot brokers are the key to every election.

No sitting politician will reform the system, especially with the 2012 presidential election on the horizon. Absentee ballots in Miami-Dade may well elect the next president. There's a county mayoral race next year too.

Consider this: In the most recent elections in Miami and Hialeah, absentee ballots either tied or outnumbered ballots cast on Election Day.On his way to victory, Miami city Commissioner Willy Gort collected 2,228 absentee ballots, nearly double the 1,245 he received on Election Day this past November 2. His colleague, Marc Sarnoff, had almost the same number of absentee ballots (2,289) as votes cast at the polls (2,322).

In the Hialeah mayoral race's first round, absentee ballots outnumbered voters on Election Day by 2,023. In the runoff, winner Carlos Hernandez had 730 more absentee ballots than Election Day votes. His absentee ballots outpaced those of his opponent -- longtime Hialeah king Raul Martinez -- by 4,000.

The only way to get that many absentee ballots is by hiring brokers who charge candidates thousands of dollars to deliver bundles to the county elections department. The brokers are the ones responsible for dead people voting in the '80s and '90s. Now they go around strong-arming the elderly residents at assisted living facilities or fooling them with free breakfast at the local IHOP. The brokers also pay off preachers so they can set up shop inside houses of worship to sign up absentee voters.

I saw it firsthand when I ran in the recent county mayoral race. One guy, who I won't name, guaranteed he could deliver thousands of absentee ballots in North Miami and North Miami Beach for $3,000. I took a pass. It showed on Election Day. I had more early and Election Day ballots than absentee votes.

I don't believe our forefathers intended voting by absentee to be sold to the highest bidder. But that's the way it is.

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Slewis108
Slewis108

I am certain from experience that it isn't absentee ballots brokers, it is Getting Out The Vote. African Americans have completely forgotten the sacrifice that our forefathers made for us to have the right to VOTE. They sit on teir loins and will not go to the polls and cast their vote. The attitude of black people is their vote to not count. The list of excusses go on and on. Some get absentee ballots and lose them, right in their home. 

Eugenio Gonzalez
Eugenio Gonzalez

I don't know what he's talking about. Absentee ballot fraud is what got Obama elected. ACORN people. ACORN. 

Jon Carry
Jon Carry

I completely agree! If there were a crack down on voter fraud, Obama would lose in a landslide. The only way Democrats can win is if they cheat. Great article, Mr. Campbell!

Elaine de Valle
Elaine de Valle

Finally, someone else is paying attention!! This is a plague and it is only getting worse. The politicall operatives, not the voters and certainly not the candidates, control who gets elected. Look at the number of absentee ballots and how they balloon, each election bringing a new record. In 2009, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina won with somewhere around 3,000-something absentee ballots. In 2009, he tripled that. They seed first, reap later. They build publi housing units instead of other facilities so they can create voting hubs that are later worked. Everyone knows this and still it goes on. It is time we involved the federal government. After all, it is the electoral process that is being corrupted here. Thank you, Uncle Luke, for taking this important subject to the greater masses. Now what?

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Luke is right.  The GOP war machine cranks out absentee ballots to rural areas while trying to suppress in person voting.  Its their election strategy just as sure as the GOP's "Southern Strategy" is to use social issues to convince semi-tards to vote for the wealthy to rob middle-class families.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Is this post about Miami or Obama? Obama will lose 2012 because of his failed policies across the board. Like my name says.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Luke, very interesting subject, but I am having trouble connecting the headline with the article (which never mentions Obama). Are you saying that Obama (or others supporting Obama) is likely to commit absentee ballot fraud, get caught, and thereby be derailed? Or might others fraudulently collect absentee votes in favor of Obama's competitor, thereby derailing Obama? Or are you saying that it's all a sham and whatever outcome we get will be suspect? Or did somebody else who had not yet read your column write that headline? I just don't see how your otherwise interesting article necessarily relates to Obama.

LukesAsRacistAsHeWantsToBe
LukesAsRacistAsHeWantsToBe

yeah Luther would all those absentee ballots you would have been mayor!  You were so close?LMAO   Child Please

f b
f b

If i was Obama I would forget about FL. We just voted for Rick Scott less than a year ago. Obama barely won Here in 2008. Florida's stupidity cannot be cured by god himself. We have had 16 years of republican govenors lords knows how many years of the state house and state senate being as red as a ruby....why bother to win here. It's an expensive money pit to win florida... if ya want to spend that kind of money make a run for texas. Focus On Ohio, PA, CO, NV, North Carolina and Virginia (since they also have a toss-up senate race there) and Try to Steal Georgia or MO from the republicans. But Florida? with all the fraud going on and croonies up north from Bondi to the Secretary of state.... forget it. Let the republicans waste their money and man power here. And another thing, florida is a hell of a logistical nightmare...But i wont go into boring details... Campaign management is not for everybody.... that's my 2 cents. Angels and ministers of faith protect us... the 2012 campaign has begun.

B.A.C.
B.A.C.

Seriously dude you are so right. Palin for PREZ!

RalphFromFl
RalphFromFl

You are right, Jon.  I didn't understand Luke's intent.  He seemed to be saying "Look out Obama - the voter fraud will kill you!".  But you and I read it the same way - and maybe that is how Luke intended it - to indicate that STOPPING voter fraud will stop Obama.

Fernie B
Fernie B

you people are retarded...the only voter fraud involves thousands of votes by rigging machines... some people voting twice or some fake absentee ballots are not the problem never have been.. yes you might encounter one or two but who is to say the republicans didnt plant them or vice-versa.. the real problem is rigging elections which is not the same as voter fraud. Rigging election means fixing the machines to count all blue votes as red votes... and trust me... republicans are A-number 1 in doing this... All the companies that make those machines gave most of their money to republicans.... i wonder why? Get back to me on 11-9-2012.. when obama wipes the floor with your guys... then you can cray for voter fraud. For fraks sakes.. Obama won Virginia one of the most racist states in the country, with a bunch of republican officials... if we would've committed fraud they wouldve caught him the next day....give me a break

RalphFromFl
RalphFromFl

Actually, Grant, your comment is a projection of Democrat intention through organizations including the newly named ACORN organizations that drive democroat fraud - and are in court in at least 15 states right now for voter fraud.  Why don't you just claim that Republicans want to raise taxes, too?  You might as well throw that it with your nonsense claims...

Fernie B
Fernie B

you do know the failure is in congress and not Obama.. Whatever executive action Obama has taken has worked. Period. Obama has higher approval ratings than Reagan and Bush JR a year before reelection... and they were facing smart people. Obama is facing a parade of clowns.. Normally i would be worried about a single candidate but this election... you can pick the best qualities of each candidate and make some sort of Re-re Frankenstein candidate and you will still lose the election by a million votes. Like i said before. Florida, a southern state,  is filled with racist re-res and Cubans that think the republicans like them for whatever insane reason...Let the republicans win Florida.. run a few adds.. maybe link Rick scott to whatever candidate is running and call it a day. in the grand scheme of things, this state is meaningless despite the 29 electoral votes. The Midwest and the western states are gonna be the key. North Carolina and Virginia are the new toss-up states not Florida and Ohio...I think the republicans pissed off Ohio for 2012.. so we can afford to lose Florida.

Nathaniel Kintner
Nathaniel Kintner

Keep in mind Rick Scott isn't too popular down here and he really only won because of the Dems apathy. 

Fernie B
Fernie B

Still... it is not worth the gamble. Florida is one of the most expensive media markets and the most complicated state to run a campaign on. It is also filled with fraud and incompetence and the republicans control all government agencies. I say, set up operations make sure Nelson gets reelected, Make Sure we pick up FL26 and FL25 and also defeat Allan West then pull out with a month and a half before the election. when i was working for kerry they basically did this...but they did the mistake of telling us at which point we stopped giving a #@@## and the republicans basically pulled out as well and flew most of their team leaders to Akron.  He also did it too late and couldnt pick up Ohio or Iowa (which was really sad and pathetic). Things have changed. Before, by the time you crossed the Mississippi on election night you knew who was gonna win.. Now With Colorado And Nevada and New Mexico Being toss up states as well, things have changed. North Carolina with all the new Hispanic population also has turn the tides. Florida is still a toss up but leans R no matter who the governor is. Whatever hate this state has for Scott is compensated by the racist folks in the panhandle and the cubans who just vote R without thinking about their own self interest. If Rick Scott runs for reelection which i doubt he will in 2014.. he would only lose by 5 points... this is how messed up this state is. You cant have faith in this state...we are the chicago cubs of states

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