By Eliott Rodriguez

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – History has shown us that most voter fraud in South Florida does not take place on Election Day. It usually happens when absentee ballots are falsified.

Absentee ballot fraud has led to many arrests and lawsuits over the years.

In 1997, it led to the removal of Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez.

“No one in my campaign no one has done anything improper,” Suarez said at the time.

The courts disagreed, removing Suarez from office and replacing him with Joe Carollo.

In 2012, property appraiser Pedro Garcia claimed absentee ballot fraud led to his defeat by Carlos Lopez-Cantera, now Florida’s lieutenant governor.

“I think this is a very clear case of sour grapes,” Lopez-Cantera said.

Election 101: Voter Registration To Election Day

Florida law requires voters to show ID when they vote.

Voter rolls are checked periodically to prevent dead people from voting, which happened in that infamous 1997 election.

And all absentee ballots require matching signatures on request forms and ballots.

“When an absentee ballot is delivered to our office, we check the signature,” Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Christina White explained. “And these are people who have gone through signature recognition training.”

Suspicious looking ballots go to the canvassing board, made up of the supervisor of elections and two county court judges, who decide if the ballot should be counted or tossed to protect the integrity of the election.

“Elections in the state of Florida are not rigged and as election professionals we should do everything in our power to build voter confidence and not have it broken down,” White said.

After the disastrous 2000 presidential election in Florida, the state changed its equipment to paper ballots allowing officials to manually audit election results – giving them another weapon against rigged elections.

For those who would like to prepare by looking at a sample ballot, click here for Miami-Dade County, here for Broward County and here for Monroe County.

For further information for each county, you can click on the corresponding links: Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe.

For statewide voting information, click here.

For more on Campaign 2016, click here.

Eliott Rodriguez

Comments (2)
  1. Nope, not on Election day. We do it before or after.

  2. Joe Goldner says:

    Actually there is video proof that the democrats have committed voter fraud for more then 50yrs straight. Look up James OKeefe and watch the videos part 1 and 2 is out with 3 will be out tomorrow. The proof is there. Now it is up to the press to do their jobs and report it.