Rick Scott Has Decided to Resume His Dumb Voter Purge

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It looks like Gov. Rick Scott has decided to get back on that voter purge of "noncitizens" horse again, thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Scott went on his mostly ineffective, mostly arbitrary voter purge last year after state officials sent local elections supervisors a list of 182,000 possible noncitizen voters, which really turned out to be just 198 possible noncitizen voters.

Of those 198, a whopping 38 of them had cast a vote illegally.

Ooga-booga.

Now, Scott is back to finish the job!

See also: Rick Scott Continues Dumb Voter-Purge Crusade

Scott's purge netted nothing, zilch, nada, the first time around. Not enough cases of illegal Florida voters to justify an entire purge, anyway.

This despite the state having access to a federal database to cross-reference the names on their list so they could purge those vile noncitizens from voter rolls.

So, why pick up this crusade again?

Mainly because Scott is up for re-election next year, and mainly because his polls are shit, and mainly because those flagged as possible noncitizens are Hispanic and Black voters. BUT THAT'S JUST A NUTTY COINCIDENCE, NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG.

Oh, but this time, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says that county supervisors of elections will be involved, because those guys are so awesome at their jobs come election time here in Florida.

And they also try to paint a picture of how easy it all works: Under state law, county elections supervisors will send a certified letter to anyone flagged as a potential noncitizen. This flagged person will have to show proof of citizenship to remain on the rolls through a "due-process system that includes letters and legal notices."

See? Simple!

Even if you're an honest-to-goodness bonafide American, you still might get flagged. And if you are flagged, you're going to have to write a few letters to the Chamber of Commerce, obtain a birth certificate or some other approved proof of citizenship, take a day or two off from work and go wait in line somewhere for a few hours before filling out papers and generally move your entire life around just so you can prove you're a citizen, even though you're a citizen anyway.

Or, in other words, Scott is making an already hard process even harder. Which means more minorities -- who are already disenfranchised enough to begin with -- will stay home rather than deal with the headache of proving they're legit so they can vote.

Oh but whatever shall we do about voter indifference??

There is zero evidence of voter fraud in Florida, and while there have been a handful of noncitizens who have voted, the numbers don't justify Scott taking a flamethrower to the process to keep minorities away from the polls come November of 2014

All because almost 40 people who were not citizens once cast a vote.

But we shouldn't be surprised.

Unnecessarily screwing with people's rights to vote has sort of been Scott's M.O.

That and being an awful fucking governor.

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12 comments
Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

I really don't see why this is a bad thing. Do you really want people who are not LEGALLY granted the right to vote selecting your elected officials? Or better yet allowing potential seats to purchase votes by registering people who are A. Not legal in this country or B. Felons and/or C. Dead People. Can anyone really be so ignorant to think otherwise? (The answer is yes. And the individual that wrote this article is a prime example.) I don't care if you like our Governor or not. He's not the one who made the rule. He's just the one enforcing it. Stop making such ignorant generalizations.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Actually I personally know about 10 felons who had voting rights stripped that still vote since they are registered Democrats.. This is what he should really look into. And if this author wasn't such a waste of space should have looked into it as well before writing this article.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

What a waste of money, probably wants to purge more vets from the voter rolls. What a tool.

Stephanie Lynn
Stephanie Lynn

I personally am not a fan of Rick Scott and cant wait to see him leave BUt, This article is written by a judgmental douche? insisting he is racist? thats Biased and retarded are you pumping the liberal agenda or will you be giving the same judgemental articles towards the Independents and Democrats?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Yet more GOP idiocy.  Lets just blow cash and then legislate against problems that do not exist.  Remember that welfare drug testing program?  Ended up costing far more than the lack of fraud that was found.

odgbar
odgbar

Spoken like the teabagging moron you are.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@Rachel Rambo Levy

Obviously you voted for "I only took the fifth 75 times" Scott, the Medicare ripoff artist. Of course to a teabagger, that's not criminal.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@Jeremy Jensen

You personally know ten felons that are Democrats? Another full of frightwing shit lying teabagger nut. Unless of course you're the 11th felon.

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