Well get ready for even more 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
Here's a little more info: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
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: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