Voter Purge Showdown

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 7, 2012 --

Thumbing his nose at a federal order to stop removing illegally registered voters from the voting roles, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says Florida is well within its rights.

"The supervisors just like myself have a legal responsibility to ensure that their voter roles are clean and that the persons that vote are eligible to vote."

The US Department of Justice gave the state a Wednesday deadline to stop the purge. Detzner responded with this letter defying the order and once again requesting use of a Department of Homeland Security's immigration database.

"That is probably the best database that we have in the country to determine whether someone is a citizen or not. The feds say the state's efforts are illegal because Florida host a primary in August and it's illegal to remove voters from the roles within 90 days of a federal election.

"The Feds say the state's efforts violate voting rights laws because Florida hosts a primary in August and it's legal to remove voters from the roles less than 90 days before a federal election."
The state identified more than three-thousand voters that might be registered illegally. Caught in the mix, were legal voters, some of them… war heroes.

"Many instances the individuals responded by demonstrating they were in fact citizens."
Ron Labasky, an attorney for Florida's supervisors of elections says most of his clients stopped the voter purge last Friday.

Reporter: Does this feud between the state and the federal government even matter?
Labasky: Well no I think that the supervisors have that authority to determine the quality of someone's registration.
Detzner says the DHS database would keep the state from misidentifying voters and he's willing to fight for access even if it means taking the feds to court.

A report written by DHS officials about the purpose of its immigration database says it's quote "for Any legal purpose such as background investigations and voter registration." That's why Detzner says he's puzzled the feds won't make it available to him.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:27 PM
    Voters in San Diego and San Jose, the nation's eighth- and 10th-largest cities, overwhelmingly approved ballot measures last week to roll back municipal retirement benefits — and not just for future hires but for current employees........looks bad for Obama and California is a blue democratic hippy tree hugging hispanic loving big government state...HAHAHAHAHAHA
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      by Willard on Jun 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to
      There is something about me you'll learn about in October...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:43 PM
    "The economy stinks. That's why you should elect me president of the United States so I can fix things. In fact if I haven't fixed the economy in three years then I will be a one term president."........he knew the economy was bad while campaigning and actually told us he wanted the job so he could prove how brilliant he was when he fixed things......don't blame Bush!
  • by grady on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    puzzled? he is breaking the law, has been told he is breaking the law and now he is puzzled that he is not being assisted with breaking the law?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 02:26 PM in reply to grady
      Obama is breaking the law by suing a state that is upholding voting laws by keeping voting rolls honest
  • by Tax Payer on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:21 PM
    Here we go again, paying Scott's buddies fees to defend his frivolous lawsuits. How much more do we have to cut from education to stroke this man's ego and pay off his friends?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to Tax Payer
      If B.O. was not threatening the state for doing its job by kicking illegals off the rolls.....Michelle Obama attorney and her buddies getting rich.....WOW he is suing Florida for trying to get legal rolls.....
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    In the firat place, no one but the offices of Supervisors of Elections should be allowed to put any person on the voters rolls. If that proves inconvenient, it is time to accept responsibility for yourself. If you want to go to work, you will. And if you want to vote you will find a way to go to the appropriate place to register legally. It is only required one time. And in the second place, those who are questioned as to their legality to vote can be given a period of time to respond with proof they are legal voters and not be removed. Failure to do so should be considered their admission they are not.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    A Republican in general is a very EVIL person to begin with. How could we expect anything more from one?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:28 PM in reply to Tony
      A Democrat in general is a very Stupid person to begin with. How could we expect anything logical from one?
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      by Understandable on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:11 PM in reply to Tony
      Tony I can completely see how you consider removing criminals and dead people from the voter rolls as evil. I mean really, if that was to happen there is virtually no chance at all your Messiah will be reelected. Your local providers Marks and Proctor will get bounced out too. Yeah. Completely understandable . . .
  • by nole82 Location: New York formerly Tallahassee on Jun 8, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    Officials running the Florida government like to play "I dare you" with anyone and anything. Their brazen attitude is what inspired me to leave. Want to change, vote the buggers out, or, shut up and take it!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:44 PM in reply to nole82
      Officials running the U.S. government like to play "I dare you" with anyone and anything. Their brazen attitude is what inspired me to leave. Want to change, vote the buggers out, or, shut up and take it!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    How many were convicted of voter registration fraud in Florida in 2008? In 2010? How many were convicted of voting fraud in Florida in 2008? In 2010? How many were abducted by space aliens in Florida in 2008? In 2010? Ballpark figures. Obama defeated McCain by 236,450 votes in Florida in 2008. Was all of that margin, or only most of that margin, attributable to voting fraud?
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      by 62nitro on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:14 PM in reply to
      That wasn't voter fraud, that was voter stupidity.
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      by 62nitro on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to
      Google - Norm Coleman vs Al Franken fraud - and you'll see that a little more than 300 illegal voters changed the balance of power in the US Senate in Minn. 2008. It could happen here, too. George W was elected by just a few hundred votes. How would you feel if THEY were proven to be illegal votes? That would have been a liberal firestorm if it happened. You libs are such hypocrites and most of you are uninformed, other than what you get from MSNBC and Huffpo or moveon.org
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        by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:28 PM in reply to 62nitro
        The state of Minnesota had 8 months to examine and reexamine every vote and every voter in the 2008 US Senate race. Al Franken was not seated in the US Senate until July of 2009, 8 months after the election took place. Somebody posting in Florida in 2012 has discovered voting fraud that the state of Minnesota couldn't. Yup. The state of Minnesota counted 300 illegal votes. Yup.
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          by 62nitro on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:29 PM in reply to
          Coleman opted not to contest the fraud after they were found 8 months after the election. That doesn't mean it didn't happen. There is so much proof of real voter fraud, it boggles the mind to think there are people like you that still deny it. I guess it's true, you can't fix stupid...........unless you approve of it. Hmmmmm....
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        by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 08:51 PM in reply to 62nitro
        This is the definition of squirrel. Minnesota had 8 months to examine every vote and every voter and still there were 300 illegal votes? Incredible.
  • by Gerry on Jun 8, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    All legal voters should have a fair chance to vote and just as important no ineligible voters should cast a vote. Voting integrity requires both.
  • by anon on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    While I agree with the premise of removing ineligible voters from the rolls, I believe that the state could have cleared up these sorts of issues well before the deadline. It is clear that our current administration clearly had no intention of going through the correct means. They wanted to take this to court in the first place. They simply wanted to make a point, fully knowing they did not have the authority to remove these ineligible voters in the time frame they are attempting. You would think that someone within the administration would have the knowledge of these voting rules and regulations. It clearly shows the incompetency of those in charge and their lack of understanding of the laws that govern our nation. I just hope they don't spend too much of the tax payers' money fighting this futile endeavor.
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