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Justice Department Says It Will Sue Florida Over Voting Rolls Purge

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: voting rights, Florida, politics, news, government, elections, ethics )

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In the latest volley in the ongoing battle over Florida voter lists, the Justice Department has sent a letter stating it will take legal action against the state, citing violations of voting rights laws.

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Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 5:41 am
Noted and Thanx for news :-0

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 5:47 am
It's not dead people that will be unable to vote under this law but if it were dead people we had to worry about they would definitely be Republican brainless zombies that vote against their own interest just so they can keep gays from getting married and women in their place.

Lucy Bell (9)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:01 pm
I should bloody well hope so

William Koeppen (9)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:54 pm
My Voting Rights Were Restored WhenI Was Released From Prison In 1997,, NOW The Republican T-Bag Govenor Made Up A Law To Steal Votes From President Obama !!! They Are Breaking The Law,,!! When Is He Going To Be Arrested !!!

Tracey O (38)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:57 pm
So glad to see the DOJ is taking the next logical step to stop the corrupt Governor from doing this crap. This is such blatant voter suppression it is sickening. Glad I don't live in Florida.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:59 pm
that's good :/ but I wouldn't be surprised with how things are nowadays if they said no, we won't be taking action.

Diana P (12)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 1:11 pm
How else is BO going to get votes if the dead and illegals can't vote???? I have ALWAYS had to show ID when voting. I think people should have to prove they are LEGAL VOTERS.

Rosary G (3)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 1:14 pm

"I have a job to do to defend legitimate voters of our state," Scott said on Fox News.

I'd guess the readers on care 2 know EXACTLY what a "legitimate" voter is according to the Republican 2012 party. Guv Scott really should be in jail for attempted high crimes against the Government and some - not all - of its' electorate.

Gary L (138)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 1:17 pm
to all you right wing nut jobs who parrot the teapulinazi Faux news talking points here is a Fact voter fraud is 0.002% the only fraud is scott are all his nazi buddies

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:06 pm
I only wish that this were a criminal investigation into constitutional violations by the treasonous Rick Scott and his gang of thieves.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:06 pm
Does that mean, they will have less delegates since less people will be able to vote? Seems if they can't vote at the polls, why should their delegates count?

I'd hate to deny anyone their right to vote, but since FLA isn't playing fair, maybe they shouldn't play at all. Ban their votes from the electoral college altogether.

Audrey L (37)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:18 pm
The Republican party of no morals always on the scam. Their motto win by any means, dishonesty is O.K as long as we are the ones doing it.. It would be hard to admit you are Republican unless you believe dishonesty is some kind of virtue.

John B (185)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:44 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the article. The DOJ needs to be all over this big time. Cleaning up the voter register shoulod be done but not in this way using outdated information and looking at what party they belong to or the color of their skin.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:52 pm
Republicans believe they are above the law.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 4:36 pm
Thanks Cal--again.

Janet R (38)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 7:23 pm
FYI - it's not Florida playing fair, it's Scott and his Repug buddies not playing fair. I get to pay twice, lucky me, once for the DOJ to sue Florida and for Florida to sue the federal government. What a bunch of idiots.

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 9:06 pm
So, Rick Scott "sees dead people," voting --no less. If anyone could convince a "dead person" that they were confiding in another corpse, he'd be the man.

I'm kidding of course. I know what they're inferring and think it's pretty pathetic --especially in light of the fact that such a tiny percentage of voter fraud actually occurs.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 10:59 pm
I really don't understand all the 'huu haa'. Other countries have a law stating all must produce ID at voting polls. What's the big deal?

Peace Monger (185)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 1:52 am
Scott needs to be impeached & investigated, problem solved.
I didn't vote for this clown, nor did anyone I know in Fl. How he won is beyond me. Perhaps it was the ghosts of Repuglicons past who placed him in Tally?

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 2:30 am
Heidi, my country doesn't require me to produce ID at the poling station, and if it did I'd be first in line to protest.

Unless you want the Federal Government to issue you and everyone else with ID and make it a federal offence not to carry it and show it on demand? No, I thought not.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 10:57 am
Sorry, Thomas Rooney is an idiot - shades of Katherine Harris here where legitimate voters are cast aside unless, of course, they are GOP. Florida voter fraud figures: One supervisor of elections says it's 'more likely' that a person will be struck by lightning.

Nancy L (141)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 2:30 pm
Dear Attorney General Holder:

Florida has uncovered a widespread problem of illegal and erroneous voter registration, exposing as many as 182,000 registered voters as non-U.S. citizens. The Department of Justice has an obligation to work with the state to prevent voter fraud and ensure that illegal votes are not cast, yet your department has consistently obstructed Florida’s efforts and has been either unresponsive or outright hostile to legitimate requests for information.

Your department has now directed the state of Florida to stop removing non-citizen voters from registration rolls. This direction is not only groundless, it stands in stark contrast to federal laws directing states to coordinate voter registration records and ensure their accuracy. Your actions further demonstrate that the Department of Justice, under your leadership, is more concerned with protecting the reelection prospects of the President than with upholding justice and enforcing the rule of law.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 explicitly directs states to ensure that voter registration records are accurate by coordinating them “with other databases within the State.” Florida has complied with that law by checking registration records against driver’s license records. Your department now claims that this procedure required pre-approval under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That claim is simply untrue.

Section 5 applies to only five counties in Florida, not the entire state, and it only requires those counties to get pre-approval from the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting procedures or rules. Florida has always, in accordance with federal law, used state databases to confirm citizenship information, so this does not constitute a “change” that would require pre-approval. Even if Section 5 did apply, it would not apply to the entire state, so DOJ cannot stop these efforts statewide. Furthermore, House bill 1355, which was pre-approved by the Justice Department, allows the secretary of state to use sources like DMV records to remove registrants who are not U.S. citizens.

Your department also alleges that the removal violates Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, which prohibits the removal of names from voter registration rolls within 90 days of an election. This claim is also false. Section 8 applies to previously eligible voters who have become ineligible for certain reasons, like moving out of state. It does not apply to voters who have become ineligible through death, criminal conviction, or mental capacity. Section 8 does not apply to voters who were ineligible at the time they registered, which is a felony, including noncitizens.

Even if Section 8 did apply, Florida is in the position of purging the voter rolls at this time only because the Obama Administration violated federal law by refusing Florida’s request to compare registration records with the Department of Homeland Security’s records on noncitizens. If not for the Obama Administration’s stonewalling, this necessary purge of illegal voters would have been completed nine months ago, when the state requested this information.

While your department should be working with Florida to stop voter fraud, you are instead actively working to keep noncitizens – who have committed a felony – on our state’s voter rolls. It is time for you to end your blatant politicization of your position as Attorney General and the Department of Justice as a whole. Please direct the Voting Section of the Department to end its baseless efforts to stop Florida from removing illegal, noncitizen voters from its registration rolls, and please direct your Department to uphold its obligation to prosecute those who have committed a felony by registering to vote illegally.


Thomas J. Rooney
Member of Congress


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Wednesday June 13, 2012, 3:22 pm

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Saturday June 16, 2012, 5:07 am
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