Florida May Not Double-Check Status of Voters

By: Associcated Press
By: Associcated Press

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALAN WILLIAMS STATEMENT ON BARRING ENFORCEMENT OF VOTER SUPPRESSION LAW

TALLAHASSEE, FL – State Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) issued the following statement today about U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruling on Florida’s election law changes:

“I am pleased with today’s decision by Judge Hinkle issuing an injunction barring enforcement of part of the state’s new election law requiring a 48-hour deadline for groups to submit new voter registration forms.
“During the 2011 Legislative session, the Legislature passed (HB 1355) Election Reform law, which raised great concerns of voter suppression. A significant portion of the law would have adversely impact voters. The consequence of this change made it harder for people to register and vote. Restricting voting rights can make it more difficult for people who move to retain their status as registered voters. As an elected official, I have remain at the forefront of voters rights, fighting to protect and advance the people’s constitutional right to vote.
“I filed legislation this session to create an official state holiday for Election Day during the day of the general election and offered an amendment to allow an early voting site on a university campus. I will continue to stand up for voter rights to ensure the right to vote is protected and focus on policies that would make the election process better. This ruling sends an important statement about the importance of increasing voter participation in our state by not severely restricting voting registration initiatives. Florida should take the lead to make certain that citizens are registered to vote, we should be going forward not backwards.”

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Voter Database Under Fire
by Mike Vasilinda

Tallahassee, FL -- May 31, 2012 --

New concerns are being raised tonight from elections supervisors across the state. The Supervisors are being asked to remove non-citizens from their rolls, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, doubts about the accuracy and legality of the push are being questioned.

Voters registration forms require would be voters to check whether they are a citizen. If not, they can’t register. The state now says thousands of names have slipped through the database that shouldn’t have. But, in Palm Beach County, Supervisor Susan Bucher has found that some of the questionable names are based on decade old information.

“We, in fact, need credible and reliable information, that’s what the law requires and I did not believe that this was credible information,” Bucher said.

Six groups have asked the state to stop the purge. They cite Federal law which says no names can be removed within 90 days of an election unless due to death, criminal conviction, or mental incapacity. The state concedes the list isn’t perfect but it’s moving forward anyway.

“We disagree with that interpretation of the law, and we’re going to continue our process to remove ineligible voters because we have an obligation and a duty to remove ineligible voters,” Florida Elections Spokesman Chris Cate said.

Ion Sancho, who overseas elections in the state capital, says he isn’t removing any names until he gets an okay from the U.S. Government.

“Before we can proceed further, I need to have clarification as to whether or not these actions by the state of Florida are legal,” Sancho said.

If a voter shows up on election day and has been removed from the rolls, but doesn’t know it, they will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.

The problem was highlighted when a 91-year-old World War Two veteran who has voted all his life was wrongly labeled a non citizen by the state.

The debate has become political. The Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida says the faulty list is the Obama administrations problem because it won’t share an accurate homeland security list with the state.

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Florida May Not Double-Check Status of Voters

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -- May 31, 2012 --

Florida officials are now saying they may not be able to double-check whether 182,000 registered voters are U.S. citizens.

Secretary of State Kent Detzner sent a letter Thursday requesting access to a federal database that tracks people who are visiting or working in the country.

He took the step because he learned the agency that handles driver's licenses did not have authority to access the database after promising to do so.

Florida compared driver's licenses with voter rolls to come up with its initial list. So far the state has sent the names of more than 2,600 people to local election officials. But local officials have discovered errors on the list.

Democrats and voting rights groups have called on Florida to halt the purge, saying it violates federal voting laws.


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  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:22 PM
    Everyone!! please google - Norm Coleman vs Al Franken fraud- It will show you how convicted felons voting in the 2008 Minn. election changed the balance of power in the US Senate with a little over 300 illegal votes. If that doesn't show you how important voter ID is, well, that just means that you are OK with stolen elections. May God help us if you are.....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM
    Gov. Scott- Don't listen to Holder. Ignore him! By the time they file suit, the election will be over. Call the Governor's office in support of having a valid election!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to
      Dittos!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to
      Actually they can get an injunction right away.
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        by God Bless America on Jun 2, 2012 at 05:23 PM in reply to
        Ignore the injunction!! Take our country back.
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      by jack on Jun 1, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to
      sure, we've recovered our questionable credibility in maintaining our voter rolls since the gore/bush election. what criteria were used to remove these 180,000 folka? the number of vowels or consonants in their last names?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    A thread on this topic brings out all of the faith-based cranks. These cranks are convinced there is massive voting fraud, by Democrats only, although nobody in any jurisdiction goes to jail or prison for voting fraud and/or for registration fraud. There is, of course, no evidence that space aliens are living amongst us. They must be, despite the lack of proof. Goldang Republican Governor and AG should crack down on space aliens living amongst us. What do we pay them for, if not to keep our schools and roadways and neighborhoods free of space aliens? The people who believe in voting fraud are too dense to be caricatured.
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      by 62nitro on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:11 PM in reply to
      I have no idea what you are rambling on about "faith based cranks", but you seem to know how to use a computer so I would like to make a suggestion. Google Norm Coleman vs Al Franken fraud. The whole balance of the Senate was shifted to the democrats through voter fraud with that one race. So take your head out of your behind and look around, people are stealing our freedom to have a fair election and idiots like you are condoning it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    If the government wants everybody to have a picture identification card in order to vote, then the government should pay for it, and make it extremely convenient for someone to acquire the card, e.g., come to their house.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to
      What are you...another lazy liberal. Many fought and died for our right to vote, the least you can do is make a little effort. Oh yeah, you walked to your mailbox this morning for your welfare check. You did your effort for America already ....geez
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM in reply to
      Who over 16 doesn't have ID?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to
        Don't they need a driver license to drive those old Buicks with the 30" spinner wheels?
  • by God Bless America on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    Rick Scott..keep on checking for non-citizens voting. It's look like the federal government can't handle the job. After all it was voter fraud that got obama and his croonies in office. We need to take our country back. Thanks for caring. All you liberals know where you can go............
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to God Bless America
      You claim to be such a patriot yet your posts are so anti-American. You do know that our country is founded on the premise that people with different beliefs are all allowed to live here and are all allowed the same rights. You make it very clear you hate liberals and want them gone or at least to shut up. What happened to tolerance for other opinions.
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        by Anon on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM in reply to
        People need to come here LEGALLY. Then they can vote.
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        by God Bless America on Jun 2, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to
        You have no idea of what a real American is. You think America is entitlements.
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        by God bless America on Jun 3, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to
        I have no tolerance for people who want to destroy America.
  • by Time Draws Near Location: Crawfordville on Jun 1, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    The time is approaching for "We the People" to fix America. And not at the ballot box.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:51 AM
    Anybody inc. the elected of any party thats put their backs up on this tells me their encouraging / openly promoteing voter fraud IMO. Same on the photo I.D. Card thing its plain as day bummer need to vote em out period.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to Surprise
      Are you a US citizen? Sometimes you write "their" when you mean "they're," you don't know how to spell "promoting," and you sometimes write "its" when you mean "it's." Is English your native language?
  • by Double Standard on Jun 1, 2012 at 01:20 AM
    Every time I vote at my precinct in Live Oak, I have to produce my driver's license. Why should these 182,000 be exempt. Because Eric Holder and the lefties say it's racist?
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      by truth on Jun 1, 2012 at 05:32 AM in reply to Double Standard
      try getting a drivers license now !!!!!
  • by Amy on May 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
    I think everybody should prove who they are with picture ID and birth certificate. You have to have it to get money from Western Union - why not to vote?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 05:27 AM in reply to Amy
      Maybe it's because there is no civil right to receive money from Western Union. Maybe it's because receiving money or not from Western Union is entirely a private matter without government involvement. Maybe it's because receiving money or not from Western Union is not an essential part of citizenship. Did you really think about your question before you asked it, or did you just start talking?
  • by Billy Location: Tallahassee on May 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    I think every person who votes should have to prove they are who and what they are.....
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:38 PM in reply to Billy
      What do you mean by "what" you are?
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