Florida, Florida, Florida

Republican governor Rick Scott is purging Democrats and Hispanics from voter rolls in Florida. It’s 2000 and 2004 all over again.

Late last year, Governor Scott ordered his Secretary of State, Kurt Browning, to “to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls.” But Browning did not have access to reliable citizenship data. The state attempted to identify non-U.S. citizens by comparing the voting file with data from the state motor vehicle administration, but the motor vehicle data does not contain updated citizenship information. The process, which created a list of 182,000 people, was considered so flawed by Browning that he refused to release the data to county election officials. Browning resigned in February and Scott has pressed forward with the purge, starting with about 2600 voters. [...]

Hispanics comprise 58 percent of the list but just 13 percent of eligible voters. Conversely, “Whites and Republicans are disproportionately the least-likely to face the threat of removal.”

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  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    Somebody better step up and sue so they can get an injunction…this is outright fraud, discrimination, etc.

  • mrbrink

    Someone alert the national media! The Aryan Brotherhood of the Christo-Fascist Militia have breached the door to the American cockpit and are shouting, “White man’s power!” I think they want us to hand over the President of the United States of America, or else. I get the feeling they don’t know how to fly, or land.

    This is how the Republican party turns the fire hoses on American citizens without wasting a drop of water.

    In the war against American democracy, this is firing blindly into a crowd while bragging about conserving bullets.

    This is how they overthrow governments and constitutions without a formal declaration of a coup d’état. It’s a gentleman’s coup, now, led by a few sporting billionaires with big dreams of eliminating the competition, urging a quiet and speedy demise to these quaint discussions of democracy. They hide behind “States’ rights!” while turning the law on their own citizens, rescinding their constitutional rights, while waving around their anti-American credentials like diplomatic immunity.

    The wrong people are being stripped of their rights and protections. The wrong people occupy space in our prisons. These fucks could stand to face a jury.