Miami-Dade State Attorney launches anti voter fraud squad — again

Early voting starts Monday — and so does the policing.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced on Thursday that she would activate the Elections Response Team and Voter Protection Hotline to ensure that early voting sites remain free of any impropriety or illegal activity.

“Law enforcement will be available to make sure that voting in our county is fair and that everyone’s voice is heard. I have set up an Election Response Team that will go out in response to any complaints about possible voting irregularities,” Fernandez Rundle said in a prepared statement.

So, what happened to the last complaints?

The State Attorney’s Office started an investigation in February after local Democrat leaders complained about a suspicious surge of senior voters switching from blue to the red party. All of the victims were 65 or older and were longtime Dems. They were flabbergasted when their new voter ID cards arrived showing they were now Republicans.

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Several seniors came forward to report that their registration was changed without their permission.

Investigators from the State Attorney’s Office will be available during scheduled voting hours from Monday until early voting ends Aug. 21 and again on Election Day, Aug. 23. The hotline at 305-547-3300 is for anyone to report shenanigans at early voting sites.

The Miami-Dade Elections Department confirmed that their records from February 2021 to February of this year show more than 5,000 registered Democrats switched their party affiliation to Republican. So, it looks like it was a concerted effort.

In fact, WPLG Local 10’s Glenna Milberg found that people with clipboards and Republican Party of Florida caps had visited Haley Sofge Towers, a Miami-Dade public housing building in Little Havana.

The State Attorney’s office started investigating that then. The investigation is ongoing, a spokeswoman said.

The early voting schedule can be found here and is pictured below. The first week will, the precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to accommodate all schedules. Saturday and Sunday, the voting is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are the locations: