Lawmaker’s suit alleges absentee-ballot fraud at North Miami assisted living facilities, nursing hom
Source: Miami Herald
Posted on Wednesday, 09.05.12
Lawmaker’s suit alleges absentee-ballot fraud at North Miami assisted living facilities, nursing homes
Rep. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami, is challenging primary election results in court, claiming that fraudulent absentee votes can be tied back to a North Miami nursing home.
By Toluse Olorunnipa
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE -- Charges of absentee-ballot fraud at assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are at the center of Rep. John Patrick Julien’s legal challenge to the results of the District 107 primary race for the Florida House.
Julien, D-North Miami, who lost a razor-thin Democratic primary to Miami Gardens Rep. Barbara Watson last month, filed a court complaint Tuesday challenging the results of the race. After a recount, Watson won with 50.06 percent of the vote — a 13-vote edge.
The court complaint, filed in Leon County, alleges that several absentee ballots tied to a North Miami nursing home may have been cast fraudulently. It highlights a political consultant who advertised herself as “The Queen of Absentee Ballots” and a woman who appeared on Haitian Creole radio, warning absentee voters to consult with “teacher Carline” before filling out their ballots.
“We have meticulously researched the facts in this case and have very good evidence that the fraud in the District 107 is concentrated in ALFs and nursing homes,” said Juan-Carlos Planas, an attorney for Julien and a former Republican legislator.