They’re purging voters again in Florida, as I’m sure you’ve heard:
Nearly 200,000 Florida residents may be disenfranchised by their state government, with officials in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration seeking to “scrub” names from the voter rolls in time for the November election.
A broad coalition of voting rights groups are pleading with Gov. Scott and the Florida secretary of state — in charge of the state’s elections — to halt the mass purge of names from lists of eligible voters until more research can be done to determine the extent of non-citizens that the state is claiming to be illegally registered to vote in the Sunshine State.
Voting rights activists are alleging that not only is Florida’s efforts to purge the rolls so close to a general election against federal law, but that the state’s program is strictly targeting Hispanic residents who may inherently have a hard time proving their citizenship. Groups call the purge “unfair” and pure “discrimination.”
I’ve resisted writing about this, because as someone who works with records all the time (like millions of other people) I am out of patience with the two branches of the conservative movement who “believe” state records are presumptively invalid and fraudulent unless personally examined by one or another paid conservative political operative. You got your birthers, and you got your voter impersonation fraud conspiracy theorists, and the two groups have a lot in common:
Why would Florida launch a botched witchhunt to combat a problem that is virtually nonexistent? Florida’s former secretary of state, who resigned shortly after the purge effort was initiated, has fingered Gov. Rick Scott for personally ordering the state investigation into vague rumors — mostly stemming from conservative “Tea Party” activists – of non-citizens being registered to vote. When Scott faced pushback on the merits of his proposal, the governor insisted that “people lie” and that the purge would go on as planned.
Vague rumors and “people lie” Birthers and vote fraudsters. Maybe Scott got a lot of emails from the Tea Party. What was he supposed to do?
This is one of the victims of the voter impersonation fraud conspiracy theory, in Florida:
To document the flaws in Florida’s increasingly infamous purge list, Seminole County supervisor of elections Michael Ertel posted a photo of himself on Twitter posing with a “non-citizen” holding his United States passport.
He’s maybe now allowed to vote, pending an investigation by Donald Trump into the authenticity of that passport, I guess. Teach the controversy, opinions differ, you know the drill. He doesn’t know why he was targeted and purged by Governor Scott and I don’t know either, but here we are. Vague rumors and people lie. Real victims. So glad media saw fit to celebrate and promote that adorable rascal James O’Keefe. Ha, ha, ha. It’s all fun and games until 200,000 people can’t vote, right?