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.
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