Commission wants absentee ballot fraud recommendations passed

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MIAMI - The Miami-Dade County Commission passed a resolution asking the Florida Legislature to adopt recommendations made by a grand jury report to prevent absentee voter fraud.

The grand jury's final report includes 23 recommendations to the Florida Legislature and the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections, 10 of which were changes to Florida Statutes.

The grand jury recommended that:

  • Each absentee ballot be signed by an adult witness verifying that the voter marked and signed his or her ballot.
  • If a disabled person requires assistance filling out an absentee ballot that the helper sign a declaration and return it with the ballot.
  • Disabled people who get help filling out an absentee ballot from a non-family member also sign a declaration agreeing to the assistance and return it.
  • That only election officials be given information about absentee ballots being requested. Currently, political parties and candidates can get that information.
  • The number of early voting days be returned to 15 from the eight the Legislature proscribed before this year's election.
  • Large counties like Miami-Dade be allowed to increase the number of early voting sites. Currently, only elections offices, city halls and libraries can be used, limiting the number of sites and increasing the size of lines, particularly in populous areas.

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