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.