The trick of changing a voter’s political party affiliation is growing, says a Miami-Dade state senator.
“This is clearly a statewide effort,” said Senator Annette Taddeo.
She spoke to reporters outside Haley Sofge Towers near Loan Depot Park, a building primarily for seniors where at least four residents had their voter registration changed from Democrat to Republican.
Taddeo, who is running for governor, says she is getting more and more reports from other counties about people changing voter cards.
“Miami-Dade, Hillsboro and that’s probably happening in Orange as well, because those are heavily blue areas,” Taddeo said, referring to communities that are typically Democratic strongholds.
Voters took photos of workers inside the building helping the elderly fill out paperwork, then tricked them into changing their voter registration cards from Democrat to Republican.
Third parties, such as political activist groups, often engage in voter registration campaigns.
Miami-Dade Republican Party officials say they are not currently working with any of these groups.
But county party chairman Rene Garcia knows how they work.
“You have people looking to register individuals, wanting to get credit for registering individuals, and that’s what’s happening,” he said.
The state’s Republican Party is currently contracting with a grassroots organization called the September Group for the purpose of voter registration.
Florida Republican Party officials say the group is taking steps to avoid possible confusion among voters choosing to switch party affiliations.
NBC 6 political analyst Carlos Curbelo says bad politics in South Florida is nothing out of the ordinary.
“Whether it’s phantom candidates simply filing for the purpose of manipulating election results, manipulating ballots, or manipulating voter registration forms, it’s far too common here,” he said. said Curbelo. “But we shouldn’t get used to it and we should never accept it.”