Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Charles Parker: Florida Voter Purge Proper

The State of Florida wants to make sure that everyone who votes is voting legally.  Florida – of all places – should make sure that elections are proper, right?  I mean, we all remember the winter of discontent with hanging chads and magnifying glass-peering lawyers.

I spent some time trying to sort out the timeline of events in this case because the timeline is important.  Federal law says that voter purging must cease 90 days prior to a federal election.  According to the US Department of Justice (of "Fast and Furious" fame), this means that Florida should have stopped by May 16.

However, because of the back-and-forth lawsuits of the Florida Secretary of State, the US DOJ  Civil Rights Division, and now the ACLU, the dates are as murky as the Dade County ballot count of 2000.

So really what bothers me is the principle of the whole thing – not the legal wrangling over who’s on first.

I have a fundamental right – if I properly register – to vote.  I also have a right for that vote to matter.  If there are people voting (and I don’t care what color, creed, or religion they are) who have not properly registered to vote – and they vote differently than I voted – they have illegally nullified my legal vote.

The State of Florida and Brevard County have an obligation to me to ensure that my vote counts.  If there are people voting who are not supposed to, then they cannot ensure that.

The Florida purge initially named over 150,000 suspect names.  After checking and double-checking, that list was narrowed to about 3,000.  Florida requested that the Department of Homeland Security provide a list of names of illegals so that the Florida list could be further pared.  DHS has refused – even though federal law says they have to.

Wait - states have to follow federal laws, but the federal government does not?  I didn’t see that one coming.

Florida asked for that list from DHS nine months ago.  If it had been provided when it was requested, there would be no concern as the purge could have been completed prior to the 90-day deadline.  The federal government created the problem and is now trying to blame Florida.

Wait – the Obama administration is blaming someone else for its mistakes?  I didn’t see that one coming either.

I vote that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, his Secretary of State and his Attorney General need to press this fight.  And by the way – my vote is legal - and thus should count.


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4 comments:

  1. What if 2,999 of the 3,000 voters are legal, eligible voters that get scrubbed in order to get the 1 that is not? Find it funny that the majority of those to be scrubbed are potential Democratic Party voters? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    1. reasonabledudeJune 14, 2012 4:31 PM
      What if 2,999 of the 3,000 voters are legal, eligible voters that get scrubbed in order to get the 1 that is not? Find it funny that the majority of those to be scrubbed are potential Democratic Party voters? Inquiring minds want to know.

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      Charles ParkerJune 14, 2012 6:21 PM
      If they are eligible, legal voters, they will not be scrubbed. That is the point. The only ones who will be scrubbed are the ones who are on the voter rolls and are not eligible to vote for one reason or another. Eligible, legal voters can vote.

      Secondly, it is curious that a majority of the people who are voting illegally are Democrats. I wonder why that is? Since I am not a Democrat I do not know why the majority of people who are voting illegally are Democrats. Maybe you should ask some of them why they are voting illegally.

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  3. If you show up to vote and are qualified you get to vote even if your name has been removed. We need to remove all voters who have not voted in 4 years.

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