Voters Fight Scott Administration’s Pending Voter Purge [GALLERY]

By: Florida For All News Release; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Florida For All News Release; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
January 13, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Protesters gather at the capitol, saying plans to keep non-eligible voters out of the voting booth, could keep voters with the right to be there out, too.

The voter purge was done in 2012 to "cleanse" the voter rolls of people who aren't supposed to be voting. But, one group calls it a conspiracy to illegally strip away voting rights.

The president of the Tallahassee NAACP says, "People need to get angry and they need to get tired."

Landry says he's tired of what he calls Florida Governor Rick Scott's efforts of purposely taking rights away from voters.

Monday, Landry joined voters and elected officials in front of Scott's office to speak out against the pending voter purge.

Reports say the 2012 purge of voter rolls resulted in a list of 198 potential people who shouldn't vote. Critics say that wasn't worth the more than $100,000 in tax dollars spent.

Landry says, "It was a conspiracy then, and it's a conspiracy now. If there's one name on that roster that should not be on there, then this is malicious. It's malicious on the part of the governor; it's malicious on the part of his secretary of state Detzner. We've been down this road."

The protesters say the purge targets non-citizens, pointing out that 82 percent of people on the 2012 purge list were non-white, and 60 percent listed were Hispanic.

Tabitha Frazier, Leon County Hispanic Caucus, says, "Florida has one of the largest naturalization rates of any state in the union. We have Puerto Rican communities, we have people of Cuban populations that may not have voted two years ago or even last year that are eligible to vote this year. How are we going to determine that these people eligible voters are not going to be taken off?

Rep. Mark Pafford, House Democratic Leader-Designate, says, "Governor Scott's on the wrong mission entirely for this. He can probably find more reports of UFOs and space aliens in Florida than there are reports of fraudulent voting in the state."

The Department of State released the following statement in response:
“Secretary Detzner worked with the Legislature last year to make effective changes to elections laws to give Florida’s eligible voters more access including increasing voting hours and expanding early voting locations. These changes will increase voter opportunities because his priority is for 100 percent of voters to vote and that zero percent fraud is found in elections. Integrity of the voter rolls must be upheld to ensure that elections are accurate, efficient and fair. The Division of Elections will provide credible and reliable information to fulfill the duty mandated by federal and state law for local Supervisors of Elections to maintain correct lists. Each and every vote cast by a Floridian must count.”
– Brittany Lesser, Department of State Communications Director


Statement from the Florida Department of State

“Secretary Detzner worked with the Legislature last year to make effective changes to elections laws to give Florida’s eligible voters more access including increasing voting hours and expanding early voting locations. These changes will increase voter opportunities because his priority is for 100 percent of voters to vote and that zero percent fraud is found in elections. Integrity of the voter rolls must be upheld to ensure that elections are accurate, efficient and fair. The Division of Elections will provide credible and reliable information to fulfill the duty mandated by federal and state law for local Supervisors of Elections to maintain correct lists. Each and every vote cast by a Floridian must count.”

– Brittany Lesser, Department of State Communications Director


News Release: Florida For All

Tallahassee, FL – In an effort to stop another politically motivated attack by Rick Scott’s Administration on Floridians’ fundamental right to vote, voters and elected officials will hold a press conference at the State Capitol this morning. Rick Scott’s Secretary of State announced on December 31st that new voter purge lists will soon be sent to local Supervisor of Elections.

Rick Scott’s Administration spent over $100,000 of taxpayer money during their first voter purge attempt in 2012, producing lists with hundreds and hundreds of citizens that local Supervisors of Elections proved were legally registered voters. Over 80 percent of those on the purge lists were people of color and more than 6 in 10 were Hispanic. It was a costly embarrassment that Floridians fear will be repeated.

Last fall, Rick Scott’s Secretary of State, Ken Dentzer, conducted a statewide media tour to promote new voter purge efforts aimed at alleged non-citizens. Supervisors of Elections and members of the public asked Dentzer a number of questions about the program, which he failed to address.

Dentzer has not provided answers as to how much the purge will cost taxpayers and what evidence caused the Scott Administration to launch voter purge efforts in the first place.

Multiple supervisors have pointed out that they do not employ immigration experts on their staffs and wanted to know to whom they could direct those questions.

They also inquired as to how often the federal SAVE database the state was using would be updated. Dentzer had no answers.

State House Democratic Leader-Designate Mark Pafford will be joined by the Florida NAACP, the Leon County Democratic Hispanic Caucus, and Florida voters on Monday. They will outline their concerns and ask Governor Scott to put a stop to these political games.



What: Press conference to oppose pending Scott Administration voter purge

Where: State Capitol, 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 1st fl. outside Governor’s office

Day & Time: Monday, January 13, 2014. 11:30 AM

Who: State House Democratic Leader-Designate Mark Pafford
Dale Landry, Florida NAACP
Leon County Hispanic Caucus
Florida voters


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