Rick Scott Paid $5,000 To An Alleged Boletera For His 2010 Campaign

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been dead serious about cleaning up Florida's elections. First, he targeted 180,000 suspected ineligible voters to strike from the rolls (though he ended up eliminating only 200 after the Department of Justice stepped in). Then, he severely restricted voter registration and reduced early voting.

Yet strangely, the guv hasn't lifted a single finger to stop the one crime that's really threatening the November election: absentee-ballot fraud. In Miami-Dade County, five losing candidates in the August primaries have filed lawsuits alleging ballot hanky-panky, and two Hialeah ballot collectors -- or boleteros -- have been arrested.

So why has Scott ignored the issue? Maybe it's because he knows he'll need his own absentee shenanigans to win.

Consider: In 2010, even though he lost early voting and Election Day balloting in Miami-Dade County, Scott killed Democrat Alex Sink in absentee ballots by 20,745 votes. They helped provide the difference in Scott's one-percentage-point victory.

Now there's new evidence that Scott used boleteros in Dade. Records show the governor paid $5,000 to Emelina Llanes, a 74-year-old Hialeah resident identified as a boletera by former Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaños and city firefighter Eric Johnson. Scott's campaign reports say the money was for "contract labor."

During Hialeah's mayoral race last year, Llanes worked for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. Bolaños and Johnson, who supported Hernandez's opponent, Raul Martinez, say they followed Llanes to public-housing apartment complexes at 1470 and 1480 W. 38th Place before the election.

They claim they spotted Llanes going door-to-door to pick up absentee ballots from elderly residents.

"When she came out, we approached her because we believed she was carrying ballots," Bolaños says. "She started yelling that she was being violated and that she had chest pains."

The ex-cop says Llanes, who allegedly had the ballots in a bag, ran into an apartment. When two Hialeah Police officers responded to the scene, they found no ballots, and Llanes denied the accusations.

Banana Republican left a note at Llanes's Hialeah residence asking her for comment, but she did not respond. Scott's media office referred questions to the Republican Party of Florida, whose spokeswoman, Kristen McDonald, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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concerned citizens committee,inc
concerned citizens committee,inc

so for me to know this, and wondering why alex sink conceded the race too soon to scott, not CHALLEGNING that 1% difference !!!..60.000 votes, and we know for facts a lot of percients in the heavily black democratic areas of northern fla. were not tallied, some of the calls : the diebold machines had broken down, & they were not given a paper ballot..some of the percients closed @ 12:00 noon.&.some percients didn't open for the citizens to even vote !!..AB from black households were thrown out, witnessed by a black poll supervisor..so for this baldy governor NOT to say anything is not surprising... he too is PART OF THE  AB PROBLEM !!..chairwomen concerned citizens committee, inc.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

The carpetbagging unindicted sociopath Rick Scott is wrecking Florida.

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

What else would you expect from a man who committed Medicare fraud against the United States, to a tune of nearly one BILLION dollars?

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

What else would you expect from a man who committed Medicare fraud against the United States, to a tune of nearly one BILLION dollars?

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

What else would you expect from a man who committed Medicare fraud against the United States, to a tune of nearly one BILLION dollars?

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

What else would you expect from a man who committed Medicare fraud against the United States, to a tune of nearly one BILLION dollars?

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

You just answered a question that's plagued me for a couple of years; How the hell did this scumbag get elected?

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

thats what happens when you elect a facist nazi looking republican fuck....

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

"She started yelling that she was being violated"

 

"violada" translates to raped

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Did Florida's felon disenfranchisement laws cause Al Gore to lose the 2000 presidential election?

nevernot
nevernot

I never thought for one second the criminal Rick Scott was actually elected... The man spent $71 million of his own money on that election and I didn't see one commercial. That money buys a lot of ballots down here...

PolitiCops
PolitiCops

@MichaelKelley9 @miaminewtimes : this is exactly where there is voter fraud , not in proof of who you are.... I bet that Scott does nothing

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