• Florida Has No Plans to Halt Its Voter Purge

    When Florida isn't in the national news for filicide, the implications of bad gun laws or zombie-like cannibal attacks, there's usually a voting controversy. This week proved no different when state officials decided that just a few months before a federal election would be a perfect time to purge the voter registration records.

    Updating voter records regularly is necessary because humans are neither immortal nor infallible. Heck, some of us aren't even actual U.S. citizens. And a minority of us are something even more nefarious: minorities

    Democrats and voting-rights groups say the majority of those targeted by the purge are Hispanics and other minority voters. Last week, a coalition of voting-rights groups sent a letter to [Secretary of State Ken] Detzner asking him to immediately call a halt to the voter purge because they say it's both unfair and illegal.

    "It's in violation of the National Voter Registration Act, which prohibits purging voters within 90 days of a federal election," says Penda Hair, co-director of one of the groups, the Advancement Project. "And the reason it prohibits that is because of what's happening here, which is that such purges create chaos. They create intimidation for voters."

    The secretary of state's office says it reads the law differently and plans to continue its efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls.

    Every time someone says they "read a law differently" in Florida, our 2000 Presidential election starts to act up again. Regardless of the objections, election officials recently sent out another 53,000 letters to people believed to be deceased. Knowing Florida, once those letters start coming back they're going to think their zombie problem is getting worse.

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    Tags: Florida, Voter Suppression


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