The head of the Republican Party of Miami Dade County said on Monday that all local candidates under his wing will be given strict guidelines to avoid using ballot brokers in their campaigns. “The party will not employ people to collect absentee ballots,” said chairman Nelson Díaz. “We can’t allow people to take advantage of voters and fill out their absentee ballots.” Diaz’s announcement came as a response to stories published by El Nuevo Herald over the weekend about the contents of three notebooks that were apparently kept by Deisy Pentón de Cabrera, who was charged last summer with ballot fraud in Hialeah.
According to her own notes, Cabrera maintained updated, handwritten lists of more than 550 voters, mostly elderly Hispanics from Hialeah, whom she visited each election cycle. She also followed directives written by others to visit particular groups of absentee voters.
Cabrera appeared to work only on campaigns for Republican candidates, as well as judicial candidates, who run on a non-partisan basis and are prohibited from taking stands on issues.