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I posted up a diary the other day covering a McClatchy report Florida investigators widen absentee ballot-fraud probe in Hialeah that has a number of tepublican names the woman under suspicion seems to be connected to, they still don't know who she was working for or if for any campaign. According to this update she's a small time ballot broker.

Well the updated report has her now arrested and out on bail and from the way it reads, evidence, there looks like enough reasons to have done so.

Florida woman is charged with absentee-ballot fraud

August 2, 2012 - A Hialeah, Fla., woman at the center of a weeklong absentee-ballot investigation that muddied the Miami-Dade mayor's race was arrested Thursday after police say she fraudulently obtained an absentee ballot from a terminally ill woman in a nursing home.

Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 56, was charged with absentee-ballot fraud, a third-degree felony, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters. Investigators say Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election.

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The arrest quelled some of the speculation in the case, which for a week has roiled Hialeah and the races for Miami-Dade's state attorney and mayor - though for whom Cabrera was working is still unknown.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself as she's running for re-election and according to the report says there may be some connection. Now Scott has to appoint a special prosecutor for the case.
With Fernandez Rundle stepping aside, it will fall to Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the ongoing case. Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said the governor will review Fernandez Rundle's request on Friday and make a decision.

"Unsubstantiated allegations have recently been brought to my attention that a person who has been assisting in my campaign was alleged to have been seen in the company of this defendant," Fernandez Rundle said in a statement, without identifying the person. "I am therefore taking this action to avoid even the possibility that my pending election will cause any distraction to the prosecution of this case."

After a couple of days of following the suspect this happened:
The next day, detectives followed Cabrera into a nursing home, where she went into the room of a woman identified by police as Z.G. The officers overheard Cabrera telling Z.G. that she was sent there by the woman's sister to get her signature. A few minutes later, Cabrera left.

When the detectives went into the room to speak to Z.G., they found she was unresponsive. The detective said hello and waved to Z.G., whose eyes were open, the warrant says, "but she (stared) off into space and did not respond to the greeting."

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Detectives visited the unresponsive woman at the nursing home two more times, according to the warrant. They also interviewed Z.G.'s sisters, one of whom said the woman is terminally ill and "cannot write, comprehend or communicate."  read more>>>

There's more related to the sister of the woman in the care facility and other elderly voters in care facilities.

This looks like it would have made a great voting fraud video for one of them breitbart, or whatever, citizen journalist, it wouldn't even have been a setup, and they wouldn't have needed to chop and cut so much, wonder where they were!

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 05:56:12 AM PDT

  •  I live near Hialeah (3+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, jimstaro, JDWolverton

    and this has been going on for years. This is the REAL vote fraud, not the myth purported by Rick Scott and his minions.

    These ballot brokers are mostly Cuban and support GOP candidates. Everyone knows it. I'm surprised the cops caught her with the ballots.

    If Democrats use absentee ballots honestly and at the same rate, we can win elections -- without fraud. Then again, if that happens, authorities will take a closer look at absentee ballot fraud.

    •  They do it, (2+ / 0-)
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      Russgirl, JDWolverton

      Not the first reports nor only in FL, just check out other elections, then scream others are doing it so that when the tepubs can get full control of a state, thanks to dems, they go after voter fraud but write the legislation and rules targetting those most likely not to vote for them and theirs, and it's All legal as long as nobody digs deep or brings up investigations etc.!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 09:06:57 AM PDT

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  •  Aabsentee ballot fraud is pretty common in (1+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro

    Dade County and it's showing up in Broward too. I have been advocating that people who think they'll have trouble voting in person should request absentee ballots. They'd probably have less problems.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 10:51:08 AM PDT

    •  Yep, even in Pennslyvania (1+ / 0-)
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      jimstaro

      Voting absentee simply requires you to know your numbers. You can order the ballot by phone.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 10:54:58 AM PDT

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