He does, however, solicit political candidates to hire him, touting his access to voters with absentees.
In an email to North Miami mayoral candidate Carol Keys last year, Nerette wrote: Im an experience [sic] political specialist consultant I already have 4,500 abst-T [sic] requests between North Miami and North Miami Beach.
Nerette confirmed he sent the email.
Oh yeah, at that time I might have made 4,500 requests for people. Right now I might have more than 6,000 to 11,000 requests I made for people, but that doesnt mean I get the vote. The people I do the requests for they do call me and ask me who my candidates are, but I dont do it for the candidates. The people ask me. They know me.
Keys, who lost the election to Mayor Andre Pierre, did not hire Nerette.
He told me I had to give him money for the absentee vote. I just ignored him and he eventually sent me this email, Keys said.
At St. Mary Towers, Jean-Baptiste said he never requested an absentee ballot, but one appeared in his mailbox before the Aug. 14 primary.
The self-sufficient octogenarian goes to doctor appointments alone and typically handles his affairs without assistance. Jean-Baptiste said when the three men knocked on his door, he allowed them into his small one-bedroom apartment because he recognized one of them, who had previously visited the complex with state Rep. Campbell.
Jean-Baptiste said he told the three men he wanted to vote for County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, but never checked the ballot afterwards.
Now I want to see the ballot. When they left I was in doubt, he said. I want my absentee ballot back.
Campbell did not respond to calls or an email for comment
The three men also took Fernande Claudes absentee ballot. She said the men are doing a public service for the elderly.
They filled out the form for me and they had me sign it. After they made me sign it , they put their own stamp on it and took it with them, Claude,78, said.
Mercie Auguste, 87, said she gave her absentee ballot to a woman.
I let them fill the ballot for me because I dont know who to choose. They vote for who they wanted, she said. When they finish, I sign my name, I give it back to them and I guess they did whatever they wanted with it.
Hernsie Milfort, assistant manager of St. Mary Towers, said she has fielded complaints from tenants about ballot brokers.
One day in August, three residents came to her office to complain there was a woman in the building asking to collect absentee ballots, she said.
Absentee ballot assistance and visits by political campaigns are arranged by Samuel Roker, the onsite social-service coordinator, Milfort said.
Roker denied scheduling ballot assistance by outsiders, but said he does allow candidates to meet with residents before every election. He also helps residents who come to him to fill out absentee ballots.
I addressed this problem with the tenants, Roker said. When we have presentations in the community room we tell them not to give people their absentee ballots.
Milfort, the assistant manager, said she did not alert police or ask the woman to leave despite the complaints.
Certain things I dont have control of. I dont want to be in trouble, she said. Its not my job to control that.