Miami-Dade Elections Office Updating Software After Finding Fraudulent Requests For Absentee Ballots

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade elections department is working with its software vendor to make it easier for staff to flag suspicious absentee-ballot requests.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/17FeKXt ) reports the change will take effect next year. It won’t cost the county any addition money.

A grand jury recommended that the elections department beef up security on its website by requiring user logins and passwords. This came after the office uncovered thousands of fraudulent requests for absentee ballots.

Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley told the newspaper the grand jury’s recommendation would have required an initial investment of $843,000, with possible costs of $743,000 in every major election.

Townsley’s office flagged more than 2,500 online requests before the August 2012 primary election.

She says the new system should be in place before next year’s midterm elections.

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