- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2016

Florida authorities arrested and charged two women on Friday with voter fraud in Miami-Dade County.

Gladys Coego, a 74-year-old temporary worker for the county elections department, and 33-year-old Tomika Curgil were both nabbed by a task force created to prevent voter fraud.

Ms. Coego is accused of filling out ballots for mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado, while Ms. Curgil allegedly completed bogus registration forms on behalf of United for Care, a campaign to legalize medical marijuana.

“Our law enforcement effort against these election law violators was swift and resulted in an immediate arrest of the wrongdoers,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle said in a statement, the Miami Herald reported Friday. “The elections department was quick to detect and report these violations to our task force.”

Witnesses told investigators that Ms. Coego, who is registered without political-party affiliation, filled out several ballots on behalf of one of two Republican mayor candidates, the Miami Herald said.

Ms. Curgil, a Democrat, allegedly registered dead people to vote. At least five people contacted by authorities had no clue how their names appeared on the forms.

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“Anyone who attempts to undermine the democratic process should recognize that there is an enforcement partnership between the elections department and our prosecution task force in place to thwart such efforts and arrest those involved,” Mrs. Fernández Rundle, a Democrat, added. “Now we need to move forward with the election.”

Bond was set for Ms. Coego and Ms. Curgil at $10,000 and $125,000 respectively, the Miami Herald reported.

Ben Pollara, who heads United for Care’s campaign, told the newspaper that managers check forms for irregularities, but that “some bad ones slip through the cracks.”

Ms. Curgil’s paperwork was flagged and identified by authorities because canvassers are required to initial forms before submitting them to supervisors.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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