Archive for June 13, 2012
A little over a week ago, I wrote about Florida’s importance in the upcoming election, and the efforts of the Republican governor there to disenfranchise Floridians who are likely to vote Democratic. There have been further developments in the story.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit in an effort to block Governor Rick Scott’s attempt to purge minorities from the voter rolls. In response, Governor Scott announced his intent to sue the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to a database he says will assist his efforts.
Governor Scott’s controversial program is intended, he says, to ensure that non-citizens in Florida don’t vote. The state is matching information on driver’s licenses (which often includes citizenship status) against lists of registered voters. Over 2,600 letters were sent — 87 percent to African-Americans and Hispanics — informing selected voters that they would be dropped from the voting rolls unless they could prove their citizenship within thirty days. Many of the people indicated as non-citizens on their licenses have since become citizens, and simply not altered their records. In Miami-Dade County, forty of those receiving notice have been shown to be non-citizens. More than five hundred have already supplied proof of citizenship, providing (so far) more than a ten-to-one ratio of false positives. (more…)