MIAMI — The Miami-Dade Office of the State's Attorney would
neither confirm nor deny whether there is an open investigation into
alleged voter fraud in Doral during the November general election.
NBC 6 reported about 20 people are under investigation for
allegedly using an office building in Doral as their
voter registration address. County election officials say voters must
live at the addresses they list on their registrations. Those who
provide addresses for places where they don’t live are in violation
of state law.
County election officials referred all questions related to the
alleged investigation to the state attorney’s office.
“We can never confirm or deny the existence of any
investigation,” Lissette Valdes-Valle, a spokeswoman for the
state’s attorney office, told the Florida Record.
Whenever there is an investigation, results are not released until
the office considers it closed, Valdes-Valle added.
According to reports, the office building in question is Offix
Solutions, a shared workplace at 7950 NW 53rd St. in Doral. The
business is in an area filled with mostly commercial buildings and
warehouses. There have been allegations that some voters said they lived
in the same suite where that business operates. It is not known
whether any other office buildings may be under suspicion.
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections Christina White said it
is the election office’s duty to report any inconsistencies to the
"Florida law states that voters must register to vote where
they reside. They sign an oath stating that they are abiding by
Florida law; the onus is on the voter,” White told the Florida
Record. “While the department does not have investigative
authority, we follow our protocol and provide the information to the
proper authorities whenever we learn of any irregularities.”
Neither election nor state officials would comment as to whether
an investigation would impact the most recent Doral mayoral race.
Following a runoff election Dec. 13, Juan Carlos “JC”
Bermudez won the mayoral seat with 67 percent of the vote, beating
incumbent Luigi Boria who garnered 33 percent. A runoff
election was held because neither candidate gained 50 percent of the
vote plus one during the general election Nov. 8. Bermudez is
the founding mayor of Doral.
The state is no stranger to voter fraud. State officials and the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated absentee ballot
fraud in the Miami mayoral election in 1997. The case led to 50
arrests and overturned the election, Valdes-Valle said. These actions
led to a judge unseating Mayor Xavier Suarez and replacing him with
his opponent, Joe Carollo.
To ensure the integrity of all elections, any allegations of voter
fraud are taken seriously.
“Any time that the Department of Elections brings something
suspicious to us, we will investigate," Valdes-Valle said. "To ensure that our elections
are always clean and above suspicion, the state attorney has
established that our public corruption task force oversees any
questions pertaining to the integrity of elections.”