Rick Scott's Voter Purge Crusade Is Going on Tour
And now, he's all set to take his crusade on the road when he conducts public roundtable discussions with 67 supervisors of elections, including in Fort Lauderdale.
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.
TELL OBAMA TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR FLORIDA!
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 take the crusade on the road?
Mainly because Scott is up for reelection 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 county supervisors of elections will be involved, because those guys are so awesome at their jobs come election time here in Florida.
So starting in October, the meetings -- dutifully named "Project Integrity" -- will have Detzner hear from supervisors about how to conduct The Purge.
Detzner is also creating a new list of "suspected noncitizen voters," because... a second time might be the charm? Yeah, why the shit not!
"I am embarking on the Project Integrity roundtable tour to collaborate with Supervisors to protect the integrity of our voter rolls," Detzner said in the statement.
Election supervisors across the state received a letter promising "responsible measures that ensure due process and the integrity of Florida's voter rolls" and vowing to include supervisors "in the planning and decision-making."
Detzner's statement went on to say:
"Through transparency and the statutory due process protection afforded to every voter, we can ensure the continued integrity of our voter rolls while protecting the voting rights of eligible voters from those who may cast an illegal vote. Our elections process must uphold the integrity of local voter rolls, and I look forward to the participation from Supervisors of Elections to strengthen our elections statewide."
There is zero evidence of voter fraud in Florida, and while there has been a handful of noncitizens who have voted, the numbers don't justify Scott's taking a flamethrower to the process to keep minorities away from the polls come November 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.