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Miami-Dade Vote Fraud: A Tradition Since 1982

Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:00 AM

Now that the election has come down to the recount of paper ballots punched out in South Florida, it is time to introduce the American electorate to another species of chad; Miami-Dade's own "late term or partial-birth abortion" chad. This variety is created by volunteers in the counting room who, on election night, before the ballots are stacked in the counting machines, forcibly push chads out of the paper ballots by pencil.

I first ran into this phenomenon on the night of November 2, 1982. At the time, I was the Dade Circuit Court appointed OMBUDSMAN FOR VOTE FRAUD IN DADE COUNTY, having been so designated in 1972.

Two reporters for the Hialeah Home News worked their way into the counting room of the Miami-Dade Data Processing Center with a camcorder on that fateful night after being refused permission to enter by the then newly appointed Supervisor of Elections, David Leahy.

A videotape was made of about 70 members of the League of Women Voters, sitting at long tables in a room adjoining the counting machine room, stacking and examining vote cards. AND SOME WERE PUNCHING OUT CHADS WITH PENCILS, leaving them on the tables and the floor WHILE MR. LEAHY LOOKED ON! When discovered, the reporters were evicted by the police.

Federal election statutes prohibit outsiders in the official vote-tallying process as follows: " ... no person except those employed and authorized for the purpose shall touch any ballot or ballot container, any item of automatic tabulating equipment, or any return prior to its release."

The reporters brought the videotape to me, then submitted a report of the incident and offered a copy of the tape to proper Florida authorities. I was totally ignored.

Since 1982, mine has been a voice in the wilderness. On several occasions have publicly suggested that the Florida Legislature abolish paper ballots and compel uniform statewide electronic voting and tabulation, while asking the networks to eliminate exit polls. It was like asking partisan spin masters to utter one truthful sentence.

Until a few days ago I was one of the only lawyers in or out of Florida that refused to represent parties to this election controversy. Then, a British TV producer called stating that he had seen on the Internet some mention of a videotape showing election fraud that was in my possession; this was followed by an inquiry from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel on the same subject and now Fox TV news is requesting this interview.

For 18 years I have been asking Democrats and Republicans to do something about paper ballots and to urge the networks to stop exit polling. Now, as Hardy said to Laurel: "Look at the mess you've gotten us into!"

David Leahy is now one of the three members of the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board. They will decide what votes will be counted. They are in a position to possibly decide who will be inaugurated next January 20. And so the wheel turns as I release this tape as a public service.

Ellis S. Rubin

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Now that the election has come down to the recount of paper ballots punched out in South Florida, it is time to introduce the American electorate to another species of chad; Miami-Dade's own late term or partial-birth abortion chad. This variety is created by volunteers...
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