Miami Dade County, Florida announced yesterday that all ballots had been counted, but a mail worker’s video and images obtained by the New York Times shows mountains of mail-in ballots left to rot in a mail distribution center.
In fact, sources say the ballots were in the center for weeks before the election.
The boxes were ignored at the same center that was evacuated last month after alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc’s pipe bombs passed through it.
Activists demonstrated outside both the mail facility and at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, but the move went unheeded.
Apparently, the county is going to ignore the votes because of a technicality.
Suzy Trutie, a spokesperson for the Elections Department, told reporters that her office was aware of the ballots, but confirmed nothing else about them.
She said that ballots not delivered to the Department by 7 p.m. on Election Day could not be counted toward the 2018 total.
“We do our best to educate voters that, if you’re voting vote-by-mail, then your ballot had to be at the Elections Department by Tuesday, November 6,” she said.
When “asked whether the ballots had been sitting inside the Opa-locka center undelivered on Election Day — or when the place was evacuated — Trutie referred questions to the United States Postal Service. (After this story was initially published, Trutie added that the Elections Department ran daily post-office pick-ups this election season, and picked up ballots three different times on Election Day.)”
After this story was initially published, the USPS confirmed the agency was still investigating the incident.
U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson’s office claimed the ballots were late, but the law provides a 10-day extension for overseas voters and members of the military.
Sources explained that the center is understaffed and that the ballots had been there before election day, but nothing had been done with them.
“The day after the election, a Twitter user posted a clip purporting to show a USPS worker in Miami explaining what was going on. The woman said ballots were sitting on the floor hours after the delivery deadline had passed.”
Since the margins in Florida are extremely thin, and democrat election officials have already been found guilty of destroying ballots and other illegal activity, the claims that the left is trying to steal the election from the legitimate winners has some merit.
The Times reported, “The Opa-locka debacle may explain why one Miami-Dade voter’s ballot never made it to the elections office. Kirk Nielsen, a former New Timeswriter who lives in Coral Gables, says he mailed his ballot at a University of Miami post office on October 29 but learned after Election Day that it hadn’t been received.”
“Of course I wonder if my ballot is sitting in the Opa-locka mail facility, along with many others,” he says. “I hope there’s an investigation.”
“Having voted by mail in several prior elections, Nielsen says he knew how to check the Miami-Dade elections website to see when his ballot arrived. When he checked on Tuesday afternoon, however, the site informed him that his ballot hadn’t been received yet. Nielsen briefly considered driving to his polling place to fill out a provisional ballot but ultimately assured himself it was probably just a matter of the website not being updated.
“When he called the elections office the next day, however, a representative told him his ballot wasn’t counted and had never even arrived.”
“I was disappointed there wasn’t more concern, like, ‘Oh, well we better try to go find your ballot,” he says.
“There are bigger questions,” he says. “It’s not really about how I feel, but it’s like, where is my ballot?”
Following from my previous tweet LISTEN TO THIS!!
My mail lady saying that last night pass 7pm they had still boxes filled with ballots on the floor! Thousands of votes NOT been counted!! @AndrewGillum @funder @shaunking @SenBillNelson @maddow @Lawrence @AC360 pic.twitter.com/O3fZ3nYqyX
— ?? (@AnaSatyaLove) November 7, 2018