Some Florida Officials Challenge Voter Purge

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) may be engaging in one of the most aggressive voter suppression drives in history, but at least one elections official will not participate.

ThinkProgress reports that Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher the state sent her office a list of 115 names it considered “sure matches” with a list of non-citizens. Bucher’s office reviewed the list but determined the documentation and sourcing of the names was “not credible” and has therefore not sent out letters asking for verification of citizenship to any of those voters.

Bucher wants the purge effort to end until officials can come up with a process that will address the documented inaccuracies of the names pulled. In an interview with ThinkProgress she said:

We need to make sure we have reliable and credible information, by a preponderance of evidence. We could prove that the information was not credible before sending letters and even the Division of Elections has admitted substantial flaws. I did not feel we had credible information and told them I wouldn’t send [any letters] until they could give me a better list.

This thing is not working out so well, we know the information [on which the state relied to flag these names] is very old. They [listed the voter's] last transaction date with [the Florida Department of] Highway Safety — in many cases, [the was 2000, 2002]. By now they probably have become citizens – I questioned immediately.

Maintaining accurate voting records is a critical part of the election supervisors, and the state certainly has an interest in conducting clean, transparent elections. Gov. Scott, it seems, has missed that memo.

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago


Linda H.
Linda h5 years ago

Sarah, so you do want people who are citizens to not be able to vote?

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

A round of applause for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher for standing against the non-credible documentation in support of the voter purge. Well done.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Paul B.
“Of course the alternate and equally idiotic counter to your statement is that "The only way Democrats will be able to win an more elections is through voter fraud." that is why they are against ANY form of laws to restrict it.”

Yes, like Romney voting in Mass when he lived in Calif.

There is no voter fraud, there is however election fraud IE: 2000, 2004.

Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

When they vote for neanderthals like Scott, Rubio and West, the sun seems to be baking the brains of Florida voters.

Judith H.
Judith H5 years ago


Judith H.
Judith H5 years ago


Robert K.
Robert K5 years ago

If the state wishes to disenfranchise anyone they should have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the person is illegally registered on a case by case basis. No sweeping purging. And failure to do so should be grounds for the attorney general's office to remove the governor of that state.

Also, since it's known for a fact that Mitt Romney actually did commit voter fraud he should be charged with it and jailed today.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

George. its not the little guy screwing over the system. it never has been. The election commissions, along with party chairmen in each state muck around with votes and always have. I remember when I was a kid they would suddenly find a ton of votes in a warehouse that hadn't been counted. One man/woman vote is what we are sold but rarely is that how elections are won. VERY little voter fraud has happened. But SYSTEM fraud is rampant and has been since I was old enough to hear and understand it on the radio.

George Boggs
George Boggs5 years ago

I believe everyone should have a photo, finger print ID. We could set up something similar to the census taking. With modern camera tech. today it would not be hard. If you are unable to get to the DMV or where ever the registration is done, just call the Mobil team. That way you are sure people are eligible to vote. If they are dead, illegal or a non resident they would be disqualified. Criminals would not register for fear of being caught, People not having legal status would not register for fear of deportation. Tourist and part time homeowners would think twice because of the possibility their home state may be checked to see if they vote there. This would benefit both parties and the state, and maybe clean-up the system.