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Miami-Dade Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

Erik Hersman
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More than 187,000 Miami-Dade County residents are expected to receive their absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary election.

The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is reminding voters not to allow just anyone to fill out their ballots.

"Do not allow anyone to mark your ballot unless you are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write," the agency wrote in a press release.

The department also warns voters not to give their absentee ballots to anyone other than a specified designee.

A designee must fill out an affidavit with the elections department in order to return another person’s ballot.

Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley wrote in a statement that the absentee ballot process is a safe and secure one for voters who cannot or choose not to vote in-person.

“Absentee voting becomes more popular with each election and continues to be a secure voting method for our voters," said Supervisor of Elections in a statement.

In the past year, three separate investigations have been launched into alleged ballot fraud in Miami-Dade.

These cases involved bulk absentee ballot requests filed on line. Florida law allows only voters or their family members to submit the forms online.

With election day weeks away, the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association recently held a press conference also warning about potential ballot fraud.

The PBA is offering a $10,000 reward for any absentee ballot fraud tips that leads to an arrest.

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