In Early Voting Debacle in Doral, Carlos Gimenez Fails To Lead
|Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez|
Then on Sunday, Gimenez temporarily blocked more than 200 voters, many of them Barack Obama supporters, from casting absentee ballots at the Miami-Dade elections department headquarters in Doral.
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The mayor, who was elected and reelected in nonpartisan races, didn't return a voicemail I left on his cellphone to talk about the catastrophe at the polls. According to the Miami Herald, Gimenez's initially stopped the last-minute Sunday voting -- which his deputy mayor, Alina Hudak authorized -- because he had not personally signed off on it.
In response to an 11th hour lawsuit filed by the Florida Democratic Party to extend the early voting period, Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley wanted to give voters the opportunity to cast absentee ballots at the main office on Sunday; which is allowed under state election law. Townsley got approval from Hudak, the Herald reports.
Gimenez told the Herald he only found out about the extended voting when people were already waiting in line after receiving a call from his daughter-in-law.
CBS4 investigative reporter Jim DeFede tweeted that he spoke to Hudak, who said she did not inform Gimenez in advance. "I made a bad call," she told DeFede, who also criticized the mayor's reaction.
"Story reveals Gimenez to be a bureaucrat, not a leader," DeFede tweeted. "Bureaucrats worry about procedures. Mayors worry about people."