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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-12 03:27 PM
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U.S. Justice Department says Florida's voter purge violates federal law
Source: Tampa Bay Times

TALLAHASSEE The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers in federal court in Tampa asserting that Florida's efforts to purge the voter rolls of noncitizens is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

The July 27 filing, known as a statement of interest, asserts that before Florida began scrubbing the rolls in search of noncitizens, it was required to submit the proposal to the federal government. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, five "covered" Florida counties are subject to a process known as pre-clearance: Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee, Hendry and Monroe.

The feds say Florida never submitted the new "citizenship list maintenance practices" to them for approval, even though they did submit an unrelated change for review in 2011 the use of Social Security numbers to verify that a voter had died.

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Directing its argument at Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the feds wrote: "The Secretary of State cannot now allege that the voting practice he initiated (and that the covered counties implemented at his direction) is completely abandoned, because the change has already affected voters in the covered counties. The implementation of these new practices and procedures without preclearance violates Section 5."

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/article1...



No, Mr. Scott... unlike the Medicare fraud case against your company, you won't get away with this one.




(Photo via Tampa Bay Times)


Scott's elections division is imploding.


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Rick Scott must be removed from office.


This man is a criminal.













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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-12 10:49 PM
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1. right on! :)
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-12 08:03 AM
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2. "Rick Scott must be removed from office. This man is a criminal."
That's fer dang sure!
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