When Deisy Pentón de Cabrera was first questioned last July in Hialeah, authorities confiscated three notebooks she had in her possession, as well as several absentee ballots that did not belong to her. Cabrera is charged with ballot fraud in a case that’s being handled by the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County.
Miami-Dade police handed over the notebooks to Broward prosecutors in mid April and El Nuevo Herald requested copies of this evidence at that time.
However, the Broward State Attorney’s Office responded that its records department needed to investigate each and every address and phone number – of which there were hundreds -- to ensure the information wasn’t protected under state law, a process which would take weeks or months. The addresses for police officers and other specific groups of public employees, for example, are exempted from Florida’s public record laws.
To speed up the records request, El Nuevo Herald accepted copies of the notebooks with all of this information redacted.
The following three links pertain to each of the three notebooks Cabrera apparently used as she visited voters and did campaign work between 2008 and 2012.
If you have any information about the contents of the notebooks you’d like to share, please write to reporters Enrique Flor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Melissa Sanchez, email@example.com.