In Early Voting Debacle in Doral, Carlos Gimenez Fails To Lead

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
As the 2012 presidential election in Miami-Dade County spirals into calamity, alcalde fuerte Carlos Gimenez is doing nothing to stop another embarrassing, national indictment of our Banana Republic's voting system. Despite long lines of voters who waited two-to-six hours to cast their ballots during the eight days of early voting, Gimenez -- a Republican -- informed the Miami Herald he had no intention of asking Gov. Rick Scott to add hours.

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."

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18 comments
Wastrel
Wastrel

Gimenez a bureaucrat?  No, he's a shameful excuse for an American.  He actually ordered the polls closed with people waiting in line.  He should be tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail.

TK Small
TK Small

questionable ethics by a dade politician big surprise!well matt maybe you could read a history book about voter suppression in the south. no one dem or repub should put up with this!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

to mitt the twit when are you ever going to learn? that sliver spoon in your mouth gives you ideals! Above your position. If you weren't such an i di ot you probably will have won and what make it worse. Is you can't even see that! you call forty-seven percent of the citizenry shiftless moochers and still hope to win the presidency. Tax policy is made up of small mystical creatures and health problems are already solved through the miracle of .emergency rooms! Romney is headed back to his home in New Hampshire in January and Obama will become the President again.Obama will be reelected in a close election, with the results delayed because of recounts or delayed election results and that the Democrats will stay a majority in the Senate

Sasha Winderbaum
Sasha Winderbaum

Great timing Carlito, the Feds are in Miami Beach and Bal Harbour.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Eff this guy and eff that scumbag Rick Scott for making things difficult to the common voter!

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

2000 will be a field-day compared to what I'm afraid of...

Suziedela1
Suziedela1

Funny how some people can wait hours in front of Mansion and Apple but complain about voting lines

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

I forecast a repeat of the 2000 embarrassment.

Boukman Mangones
Boukman Mangones

Billions in campaign financing but no money to extend early voting and reduce the pending fiasco on election day with added bonus of the longest ballot in Florida history? Here come the lawsuits

Mar Lena
Mar Lena

not me, I voted there yesterday!

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

oh boy, here we go.  S. FL already in the spotlight for election mishaps, and it's not even election day.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

There is a very real potential for violence if this type of disenfranchisement happens tomorrow.

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