180 thousand Florida voters have right to vote put on hold

  1. 180 thousand florida voters have right to vote put on hold
    ... bill internicola is a war hero, who earned the bronze star for his bravery and courage in world war ii. the 91-year-old is a good american citizen saying he has "never missed a vote."

    however, now the former soldier may not be allowed to exercise one of his most basic rights as a u.s. citizen. internicola says florida governor rick scott's office is now questioning his u.s. citizenship and threatening his right to vote. "i was flabbergasted, and so was my wife, who i've been married to for 60-plus years," internicola said. ...

    ... the 91-year-old, along with about 180,000 other florida voters, was placed on the list and sent a letter, which asked him to prove his u.s. citizenship. if they do not, they will not be allowed to cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election in november.
    several members of congress have now become involved in the matter.
    district 19 u.s. rep. ted deutch, d-fl, said, "the governor has a list of 180,000 names to be struck from the list. it was pulled together without any oversight. there's no accountability."

    "i don't know about all of you, but mr. internicola fought for us to have this right to vote, and i went to jail for us to have this right to vote, and then to have somebody come along, as a scotty-come-lately, and decide that these people are going to be suppressed in their voter rights, is insane," said district 23 u.s. representative alcee hastings, d-fl.

    in broward county, 259 voters were on the list. according to broward's supervisor of elections, dr. brenda c. snipes, governor scott gave her a directive. she did what she was instructed to do, and now her office is trying to sort things out.

    representative hastings mentioned the list is a voter purge, which is unconstitutional with it being developed so close to the election. "that's unfair," he said. "this purge has happened before in the state of florida, and it was done surreptitiously. this time, it's being done in our face, and the public should be outraged, and the governor should stop it."

    governor scott's office has yet to issue a comment on the matter.


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  3. by   herring_RN
    an opinion in the tampa bay times:
    ... the purge list, according to a review by the miami herald, is heavy with hispanics, democrats and independents, who will have to prove their citizenship and fast. otherwise, they lose their vote.

    the process raises uncomfortable comparisons to the jeb bush-era error-ridden felon list. that purge list was used to prevent thousands of legitimate voters from casting ballots in the 2000 presidential election-an election decided by 537 votes.

    detzner claims that 180,000 registered florida voters may not be citizens after their names and other data were "matched" to foreign nationals in an outdated state motorist database. ...

    ... obviously noncitizens don't have the right to vote and shouldn't. but local supervisors of election are wondering about the suspicious timing of this purge and the imperfections in detzner's list. already some of the 2,700 noncitizens on the verified purge list are proving to be citizens. ...

    ... in south carolina. that state's attorney general, republican alan wilson, claimed recently that more than 900 votes had been cast by dead people. but after the south carolina election commission looked into the claim, it didn't hold up. there was no evidence that anyone had fraudulently voted in the name of someone dead.
    this is part of a pattern. republicans actively gin up voter fraud claims to justify turning voting into an obstacle course to dissuade democratic-leaning constituencies. ...

    ... the law so impacted minority voting that the justice department is opposing the controversial changes in federal court. florida has five counties that must receive preclearance under the voting rights act before changes in voting rules go into effect.
    meanwhile, there was no attempt by the florida legislature to tighten rules for absentee voting, which is probably the easiest way to produce a fraudulent ballot since there is no way of knowing who fills it out. maybe this lack of interest stemmed from the fact that absentee voters tend to lean republican, while early voters typically lean democrat.
    trust on election issues is something florida republicans squandered a long time ago. this ham-handed move against alleged noncitizens is just another example of why. ...

    odd time to purge voter rolls - tampa bay times
  4. by   herring_RN
    maureen russo was born in akron, ohio. for the last 40 years she's operated a dog boarding and grooming business-bobbi's world kennels-with her husband in ft. lauderdale, florida. ...

    ... two weeks ago she received a letter from the state of florida informing her that they had received information that she was not born in this country and, therefore, was ineligible to vote.
    she was given an option to request "an administrative hearing to present evidence" disputing the determination of the state of florida that she was ineligible to vote. unless maureen returned a form requesting such a hearing within 30 days, she was told, it would result in "the removal of your name from the voter registration rolls."
    she immediately sent off a registered letter to the state with a copy of her passport. she hasn't heard anything back. ...

    ... unfortunately, maureen's situation is not an isolated incident. earlier this week, thinkprogress reported seminole county supervisor of elections mike ertel, a republican, posted a picture on twitter of [color=#333333]a voter on the list falsely identified as ineligible, with his passport. congressman deutch also told thinkprogress he's heard from several other constituents who have been removed from the rolls without justification.

    it is unclear what legitimate purpose gov. scott has to move forward with the voting purge in the face of multiple documented errors. florida has no history of mass voter fraud. it does have a history, however, of [color=#333333]mass voter disenfranchisement. ...

    meet the eligible florida voter gov. scott just purged from the rolls
  5. by   tewdles
    This is a thinly veiled attempt to manipulate elections...and we worry about the democratic process in other countries. Bah.
    I only ask myself this...why would they be so concerned about letting people vote?
    Heck, in my home state of Michigan, the republican governor doesn't want ANYONE to vote in some cities...those rights have been removed and decisions are made by a "manager" who has ZERO accountability to the population...as an appointed rather than elected official.
  6. by   herring_RN
    Judge strikes down part of Florida's election law

    ... U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle told the state it cannot require groups to submit voter registration forms within 48 hours or face $1,000 fines. Nor can the state force those groups to disclose names of volunteers who don't collect the forms, Hinkle ruled.
    "The short deadline, coupled with substantial penalties for non-compliance, make voter registration drives a risky business," Hinkle wrote. "If the goal is to discourage voter registration drives and thus make it harder for new voters to register, the 48-hour deadline may succeed."
    Hinkle said voter registration activity is protected speech under the First Amendment. His injunction means that groups will have 10 days to submit voter forms, as they did before the law was changed. ...

  7. by   mediajunkie650
    Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls | TPM
    The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.

    DOJ also said that Florida's voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida's August 14 primary, meant May 16.

    Five of Florida's counties are subject to the Voting Rights Act, but the state never sought permission from either the Justice Department or a federal court to implement its voter roll maintenance program. Florida officials said they were trying to remove non-citizens from the voting rolls, but a flawed process led to several U.S. citizens being asked to prove their citizenship status or be kicked off the rolls.

    "To enable us to meet our responsibility to enforce federal law, please inform us by June 6 of the action that the State of Florida plans to take concerning the matters discussed in this letter," Christian Herren, chief of the voting section of DOJ's Civil Rights Division, wrote in the letter obtained by TPM. "Specifically, please advise whether the State intends to cease the practice discussed above, so that the Department can determine what further action, if any, is necessary."
  8. by   herring_RN
    Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls

    May 31, 2012, 8:18 PM
    The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned.

    DOJ also said that Florida's voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida's August 14 primary, meant May 16. ...

    BREAKING: Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls | TPMMuckraker
  9. by   tewdles
    the political world is crazy...

    these people are so afraid that a few "illegal" votes MAY have been cast that they are eager and willing to remove the rights of thousands of citizens who are legally entitled to vote.
  10. by   herring_RN
    [font=&amp]florida voter purge official linked to koch-funded efforts to defeat obama
    [font=&amp]i am more than suspicious about florida rick scott's reason for purging voters.
    [font=&amp]former secretary of state kurt browning, who worked with scott on the 2012 purge had already led "protect your vote" -- former florida secretary of state browning leads republican-bankrolled anti-fair districts group | florida independent
    [font=&amp]this group was funded by a campaign against president obama. -- http://www.republicreport.org/2012/r...cial-1billion/
    [font=&amp]clearly this group and it's funding cannot be considered to be only for the purpose of keeping non citizens from voting.

    [font=&amp]hundreds of people including united states citizen maureen russo has been denied the right to vote. -- mass voter fraud in florida | politicol commentary news
    [font=&amp]it is illegal to purge the voter rolls this close to the august primary. they had plenty of time before this to do it carefully, but i don't think governor scott wanted to do it right. -- voting rights organizations send notice to florida: stop purging voters | fair elections legal network
    [font=&amp]here is a 2010 article about just some of what he did as ceo of columbia hca -- rick scott at hca: he takes credit for the neonatal ward but not for cooking the books - forbes