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Do you remember this bull shit?

The voting process in Florida last year was a national disgrace, which was unfortunately the result of a deliberate scheme -- state Republican policymakers closed the early-voting window, cracked down on voter-registration drives, and created painfully long voting lines, especially for minorities and the poor.

But that's not all they did.

Last summer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) launched an aggressive voter purge, which he claimed was necessary to remove non-citizens from the state's voter rolls. As we discussed at the time, this too was a fiasco -- Scott's administration used faulty data and targeted eligible voters, all in the hopes of executing an unnecessary voter-suppression scheme five months before an election. (It got messier when nearly every county elections supervisor in the state said Scott's scheme was illegal, and they refused to enforce it.) - The Maddow Blog, 8/5/13

Well get ready for even more bull shit:

Gov. Rick Scott will soon launch a new hunt for noncitizens on Florida’s voter roll, a move that’s sure to provoke new cries of a voter “purge” as Scott ramps up his own re-election effort.

Similar searches a year ago were rife with errors, found few ineligible voters and led to lawsuits by advocacy groups that said it disproportionately targeted Hispanics, Haitians and other minority groups. Those searches were handled clumsily and angered county election supervisors, who lost confidence in the state’s list of names.

“It was sloppy, it was slapdash and it was inaccurate,” said Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. “They were sending us names of people to remove because they were born in Puerto Rico. It was disgusting.” - Miami Herald, 8/4/13

Here's a little more info:

Gov. Scott’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner is compiling a brand new purge list based off of the Department of Homeland Security’s federal database of suspected non-U.S. citizens. Despite the practice being highly criticized for discrimination, Detzner’s director of elections, Maria Matthews, promises “responsible measures . . . and the integrity of Florida’s voter rolls.”

The problem with voter purge is that, before the Voting Rights Act was dismantled, federal courts found the practice unconstitutional and have usually ruled in favor of plaintiffs who filed suit. Since June, however, lawsuits filed against the state for voter purge have been thrown out and will not be heard again.  

There no such thing as a fair voter purge, and voter purge isn’t a measure to ensure some type of voter fairness, separating eligible and ineligible voters.

Deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s law school said of purges that “they offer lots of opportunities for eligible voters to get improperly removed because they frequently happen in a rushed, haphazard manner behind closed doors. And the data is usually flawed.”  - Ring Of Fire, 8/5/13

Scott's approval rating are in the toilet and it's because of shit like this.  He knows he doesn't have a chance in hell, especially if former Governor Charlie Crist (D. FL) gets in the race.  So his only option is to continue to suppress poor, youth and minority voters.  Florida Democrats have been fighting Scott on this issue but he's going to keep pushing forward.  If you want to get involved with the Florida Democratic Party you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and Black Kos community.

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  •  Midterm Elections Are When Wingers Surge (0+ / 0-)

    as Democrats reach out to moderates and others who stay home.

    I got a hundred bucks says this works out well for him.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:29:01 PM PDT

  •  Pretty soon (5+ / 0-)

    Florida voters will get to do some governor purging.

  •  Charlie Crist, where are you man?` (2+ / 0-)
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    exterris, eowynsdottir

    Run Crist, run.

    •  Our savior is an ex-Repub? (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, I'm all about pragmatism in the general election, and will certainly vote for Not Rick Scott, but there have to be better choices.

      Crist/savior pun not consciously intended.

      Chechnya: Russia's North Carolina.

      by NE2 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 10:44:13 PM PDT

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      •  No offense taken (0+ / 0-)

        There should be more options than Charlie Crist.  I'm just making a statement here because it's quite possible Crist, had he run for re-election as Governor in 2010 instead of running for U.S. Senate would have gotten re-elected.  He was also very pro-voting rights and was one of those decent Republicans that actually worked with Democrats as opposed to being "No this, no that."

        Truth be told, I hate to see people like Crist leave the GOP because they shouldn't have to.  We don't need more converts from the GOP.  The GOP should be opening themselves up considering they got royally spanked last November in the national elections.  However, it's almost as if the party is so rigid and archaic these days there's almost no tolerance anymore for any new input or independent thinking.

        I would just love for Congress to be run by more than the Democratic Party, regardless of who is on what side of the political spectrum.  It's healthy for Democracy so long as people are conscious of the fact that working together makes the most sense.  Unfortunately, that can't happen right now since the GOP is hell bent on going back to power, even with what the U.S. is going through right now.  That is is why I insist we defeat as many GOP in Congress and everywhere else in 2014 considering the party just wants to obstruct and do things THEIR way, no one else's.

  •  It is just a coincidence that your diary talking (4+ / 0-)
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    exterris, Youffraita, gypsytoo, Lawrence

    about attempts to suppress the vote in Florida appears right below mine talking about how the Maryland Driver's License Application makes it easier to register to vote.

    It seems that the red states are trying to make things as tough as possible while the blue states are trying to make it easier.  

    It raises the question--just why is the GOP afraid of the voters if they think that their ideas are superior?

    •  LOL. (1+ / 0-)
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      night cat

      It's because the GOP know that their ideas are unpopular. They can only get ahead by lying and cheating, so that's their modus operandi.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 09:43:54 PM PDT

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  •  Well of course Governor Voldemort (1+ / 0-)
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    Would take away those mere Muggles's right to vote! They aren't a corrupt corporate baron... I mean an accomplished wizard like himself!

    I will only be saddened by Rick Scott's inevitable (hopefully) loss in 2014 because it means I can't make these jokes anymore. Seriously, the man acts and looks like Voldemort.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 09:20:47 PM PDT

  •  Purge all you want, Gov. Voldemort... (1+ / 0-)
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    You're still going to lose the election next year. Seriously.

    I have met nobody, Dem or Repub or even Tea Party, who is willing to vote for Scott. Nobody. And I live in a crimson county of Florida.

  •  Crist can make this a major campaign issue... (0+ / 0-)

    Crist if you recall went otu of his way to extend voting hours in 2008 with the long lines after polling closed - so he can make it a major campaign point to show how Scott attempted to use every suppression trick in the book to keep Floridians from voting, Crist can make it a major plank in his platform to make sure voting is as easy and accessible as possible for all legal voters.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 06:54:22 AM PDT

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