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Polls Open in Miami-Dade Recall Vote

Mayor Alvarez and Commissioner Seijas will learn their fate today



    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is fighting for his political life -- and the recall numbers don't look good for him. (Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011)

    Voters are heading to the polls in Miami-Dade Tuesday as the vote over whether or not to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez is under way.

    Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.

    Mayor Alvarez Recall Effort Continues

    [MI] Mayor Alvarez Recall Effort Continues
    Miami voters are one step closer to deciding on whether to remove Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office. The clerk of Courts certified the petition signatures today. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010)

    The recall drama has already drawn a large voter turnout, with 59,000 people casting their ballots during early voting and another 68,000 filing by absentee.

    Billionaire auto magnate Norman Braman spearheaded the effort to oust both Mayor Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas last year after Alvarez pushed a property tax increase and salary raise for many county employees.

    Alvarez Tells Braman to Bring It On

    [MI] Alvarez Tells Braman to Bring It On
    A local billionaire wants Carlos Alvarez out of office and he has the cash to back up his effort. (Published Friday, Nov. 5, 2010)

    "The defining issue really is the type of government that the citizens of this community are looking for," Braman said. "It's about empowering the people of this community to take it back from the politicians who have been running it, and running it in a way that I think endangers the fiscal future of our community."

    Alvarez has said he has no regrets over his recommended budget, and that it was necessary in order to maintain vital services like fire and police. He also says Braman is angry over losing an effort to block the county from funding a new $600 million stadium for the Florida Marlins baseball team.

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Talks About Recall Election

    [MI] Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Talks About Recall Election
    The political drama in Miami-Dade has reached a boiling point and now Mayor Carlos Alvarez is trying to hold onto his job. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2011)

    At Alvarez's urging, the county commission approved it. 

    A recent survey by firm Bendixen & Amandi showed that 67 percent of likely voters planned to recall Alvarez while 60 percent favor Seijas' ouster.