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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.

 

 
 


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