“They passed bills that restricted the opportunity for voting early under the guise of preventing voter fraud, even though there’s no evidence that early voting is any more vulnerable to fraud than regular voting and it’s less vulnerable than absentee voting, which they didn’t touch,” Caputo explained. In Florida, absentee ballots tend to swing Republican and early voters tend to swing Democratic.
And the scary thing is, there is nothing in Florida’s laws or procedures that would have stopped someone from requesting an absentee ballot be sent to an address that isn’t the voter’s. As an experiment, Caputo last year decided to try to get his own ballot mailed to a co-worker’s home—and it worked.
But that very clear vulnerability was never addressed.
Mazzei worries that the attempted fraud in Miami-Dade might not be caught in other counties.
“Not every county is like Miami-Dade, where staff signs off on every absentee ballot request,” she explained. “Some smaller places might be vulnerable. It could be a big deal if someone tries to do this on a large scale and gets away with it.”
So now Gov. Scott is focused on purging the voter rolls of non-citizens, again. The last time Scott tried this, the effort was so bungled, with a purge list so rife with errors, county elections supervisors finally refused to go along. And who found some of those early errors? The Herald.
Follow @USProjectCJR for more posts from this author and the rest of the United States Project team.