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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flag on the field, property appraiser Garcia is contesting the election

Pedro J. Garcia (Property Appraiser running for re-election) and Joe Martinez (Miami-Dade Commission Chairman running for Mayor) want the absentee ballots in the August 14th election thrown out due to the Hialeah voter-fraud probe.

The election was two weeks ago, but in that time both candidates hired the same lawyer who file parallel lawsuits last Friday requesting the courts throw out the absentee votes.

What would this mean?  If there request is granted, Martinez would trigger a runoff against Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Garcia would have defeated State Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. 

In the property appraiser election, there were about 80,000 absentee votes out of the 207,000 total votes.  39% of the votes cast were absentee.

As it stands, Lopez-Cantera won by 51% to 49% of the vote.  If the absentee votes are thrown out, Garcia would have won, 51% to 49%. 

These are not the first elections to be contested in South Florida.  The 1997 Mayoral election which involved illegal votes resulted in a trial court ordering a new election and then the appeals court then ruled that absentee voting is a privilege and does not have the same legal protection as voting at the polls, which is a constitutional right. 

Due to this conflict, the laws have been changes but have yet to be challenged (until now).  Now absentee ballots are to enjoy the same rights as voting in polling places.

We at Property Tax Appeal Group hope this gets resolved quickly.

For more information, please read the Miami Herald article. 

For Property Tax Appeal help, please contact us at www.PTAGflorida.com

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