So Republican Governor of Florida Rick Scott is breaking the law not only by purging voter rolls 90 days before an election (a primary) [which is illegal], but he's also taking away the right to vote of people who are American citizens under the pretext that they are not American citizens. He's taking away the right to vote of racial minorities and disabled people because they vote Democratic basically.
Appearing on CNN on Tuesday, Governor Scott said the fact that Florida officials have identified 87 noncitizens on the rolls after only a partial search justifies the state’s effort to purge the voter rolls. (Five hundred names identified as suspect have been confirmed as legitimate voters.) The state says it has a list of 180,000 names it wants to doublecheck, and has begun to check 2,700 of those, although election officials in several key counties, including Miami-Dade, have refused to continue the purge given repeated federal requests to cease and desist.
So the logic is that to stop 87 people who are registered to vote who shouldn't be, thousands of American citizens should have their voting rights taken away. This is absurd, immoral and illegal. I think one good thing about all this is that if Rick Scott appears on the ballot this November he will help to bring down Romney on the ticket. Then after that, he should be tried and jailed. Several counties are refusing to carry out the Governor's orders.
Scott compared to racist Alabama Governor George Wallace who stood in the doorway of a public school to stop desegregation by the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board:
Dear Gov. Rick Scott,
Take note of this photograph. On a June day in 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door to keep black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama. He refused U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach's request to move, stepping aside only after President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard and ordered Wallace to let the students enroll.
This June, the governor of another Southern state is challenging the federal government's authority. Nearly 50 years after Wallace's showdown, you are standing between Floridians and their right to vote as U.S. citizens. We agree that only citizens should vote, but your approach to cleaning up the voter rolls is fatally flawed. The U.S. Justice Department and county supervisors of election have reached the same conclusion and told you to stop, yet you persist.
Gov. Scott, we do not believe you share Wallace's hateful views on race. Nor are we equating young African-American students of the '60s with noncitizens of today. But it was wrong then to deny those students their right to a public education, and it is wrong now to use an inaccurate database that could deprive U.S. citizens of their right to vote. Of nearly 2,700 voters the state identified as potentially ineligible because they were not citizens, hundreds already have proven they are citizens. Only a handful have been confirmed as noncitizens, and many Floridians who are citizens stand to lose their voting rights by not responding to threatening letters from elections officials. The practical result disproportionately affects poor and minority residents and prevents them from voting in much the same way that black students were denied entry to public schools and universities in Alabama.
Wallace spoke of states' rights and defended the indefensible by portraying the federal government as the enemy. Your administration's intemperate letter to the Justice Department strikes a similar tone. The rights of U.S. citizens to vote in Florida elections should not be compromised by your continuing political fights with the Obama administration.
Florida should not be at war with Washington, and Floridians should not have to rely on the Justice Department to prevent their rights from being compromised by their state government. Governor, we again join in the call for you to stop this flawed purging of the voter rolls. To continue this approach puts at risk the image of this state, the rights of its citizens and your own reputation.