Friday, June 1, 2012

Smoking Out Fraudulent Voters In Florida.

Pictured above is Rick Scott, the Republican Governor of Florida.  While he looks as though he has just been plucked and boiled, I assure you that he's just naturally unnatural.

His brain, however, I can't vouch for.  As many of you have heard, Scott has been moving forward with a plan to purge people from the voting rolls - people that, he believes, do not have the right to vote.  The list of names is astronomically flawed, as you can imagine.  It's no coincidence that most of the list consists of Hispanic Americans and people that frequently vote Democrat.

In a not-so-subtle way, Scott is trying to give Florida to Mitt Romney before the November election.
But by all means, don't take my word for it!  The Department of Justice sent a letter to Florida's Secretary of State, demanding that the purge cease.  TPM has the story (emphasis mine): 

 “The Justice Department sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Thursday evening demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because the process it is using has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, TPM has learned. DOJ also said that Florida’s voter roll purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which stipulates that voter roll maintenance should have ceased 90 days before an election, which given Florida’s August 14 primary, meant May 16.

Once again, Florida has given the DOJ more of a reason to crawl up it's ass.  

Despite this setback in undermining democracy, Governor Scott has not given up, claiming that his administration is doing the right thing, and that the purge will continue if Detzner and his office advises that it should.  Because, you know, when the Federal Government tells you to knock it the fuck off, you only take the advice into consideration.

ThinkProgress has all of the reasons why this voter purge is ridiculous:

"While Scott is still considering his options, a growing number of election officials have already rejected his error-ridden voter purge list. A ThinkProgress analysis of several county supervisors in Florida has also found that a large number of the voters on the list are indeed eligible voters, including at least two World War II veterans."

Read that very carefully (and definitely click on those links!).  Two World War II veterans.  Either Rick Scott believes that WWII vets shouldn't be voting in his state, or the list is so full of errors that it shouldn't be used in the first fucking place.  Either way, this purge needs to stop.

Although, to be honest, I would have a serious case of the giggles if my grandfather, a Florida resident and an anti-Obama man, got one of these letters.  It would certainly prove my personal point to him that Republican's don't give a shit about our men and women in the military, be they past, present, or future.

...That's a post for another day.  

One last thing, though.  I just wanted to re-emphasize a cute lil' statistic by the Brennan Center on voter fraud: "The truth of the matter is that voter fraud—votes knowingly cast by ineligible individuals—is exceedingly rare; one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud. Our work debunking the voter fraud myth is available at Truth About Fraud."

So, you know, go ahead and knock this shit off whenever you want to, Scott.  You're embarrassing your state, bringing the Feds down on you, and pissing off the court system - a few of which have already ruled what you are doing as unconstitutional.

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