TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

No voter fraud?

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 9:00 p.m.
 

Those who question the necessity of voter ID laws should consider the developing case of a Florida woman dubbed a “ballot broker” by The Miami Herald.

She's Hialeah resident Daisy Cabrera, and she's being investigated by Miami-Dade detectives and state prosecutors after she was found in possession of at least a dozen absentee ballots belonging to other voters.

Authorities say she collected other voters' ballots in at least one other instance and elections officials have set aside 31 such ballots linked to her as part of the probe.

The newspaper's Spanish-language edition has been told by two voters, one elderly, that Ms. Cabrera filled out ballots for them; one also says she offered help in moving up a public-housing waiting list.

She's not commenting.

But Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez — a Republican seeking re-election in a nonpartisan Aug. 14 primary — is. After Cabrera was seen visiting one of his campaign offices, he denied she works for his campaign. But she's been photographed with him at recent campaign events and has worked for two state senators.

Cabrera could face municipal misdemeanor charges of possessing more than two other voters' ballots. But if she misled other voters or altered their ballots, she could be charged with felony vote fraud.

Whether it's large-scale, ACORN-style, or small-scale, Cabrera-style, vote fraud is real — a real threat to the voting rights of all. And voter ID laws are necessary to counter that threat.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Crosby, Malkin didn’t sign on for this
  2. Man shot in McKees Rocks
  3. Penguins’ Malkin: ‘We’re not a championship team’
  4. Donora native at forefront of scientific research
  5. Hempfield man dies in single-vehicle accident
  6. Penguins eliminated with Game 5 overtime loss to Rangers
  7. Murrysville woman apologizes for scholarship fund theft
  8. Belle Vernon students advance to state history competition
  9. Special events planned as part of Kennywood’s 2015 season
  10. First Amendment experts decry Plum authorities’ warning to students
  11. Ringgold band members march to different beat