Woman Charged In Absentee Ballot Fraud

MIAMI (AP) — A Hialeah woman has been arrested for suspected absentee ballot fraud after authorities say she collected at least 31 ballots under suspicious circumstances.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Deisy Cabrera turned herself in Thursday at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. She faces a felony absentee ballot fraud charge and two misdemeanor counts of illegally possessing more than two ballots that belong to other voters.

Cabrera’s attorney declined comment.

A police affidavit shows that Cabrera was observed collecting ballots from voters and submitting requests for more ballots. Police followed her to several nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. At least one resident was physically incapable of completing an absentee ballot that Cabrera had in her possession.

Several Hialeah residents have said Cabrera filled out their ballots for this election or earlier ones.

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