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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:06 AM
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Florida: Purge felon voters on list
State officials order local elections supervisors to begin purging voter rolls of felons who don't have the right to vote. The measure may affect as many as 40,000 voters.

BY GARY FINEOUT

gfineout@herald.com


TALLAHASSEE - Six months before a presidential election that is again expected to be decided by a narrow margin in Florida, state officials ordered local election supervisors Wednesday to begin purging voter rolls of felons -- a move that may take as many as 40,000 people off the rolls, many of them likely to be black Democrats.

The state Division of Elections is turning the list over to local election supervisors in all 67 counties, and has ordered them to make sure to remove any felons whose voting rights have not been restored. The state says a preliminary check shows as many as 40,000 former felons are still registered to vote.

''As part of our quality assurance testing, felon and clemency information was run against a copy of the current voter registration database and has identified over 40,000 potential felon matches statewide,'' wrote Ed Kast, director of the state Division of Elections, in a memo sent out to election supervisors on Wednesday.

The issue of felon voting became controversial after the contested 2000 presidential election, when critics said Florida used out-of-state lists to purge former felons, taking voting rights away from people who had committed crimes outside the state but had had their voting rights restored in those other states.

more: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/8600742.htm
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:13 AM
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1. Here we go again
Same old shit again!
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:43 AM
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2. I thought they were purged already in 2000?
Did they manage to knock-out 40,000 more since 2000?
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leftyandproud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:32 AM
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3. and we CAN'T fight this
this group may vote overwhelmingly dem, but I seriously think we lose FAR MORE moderate and swing voters than we will gain if we take this crap to court. "Oh, dems have the ex-con vote...that must say something about them. I'll vote instead for the "law and order" repukes."
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:49 AM
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4. Yeah
Edited on Thu May-06-04 09:51 AM by fujiyama
Unfortunately, I don't think many people really care about justice in this country.

Like with the recent prison torture in Iraq, many people just dismiss it as being harmless or they simply believe it's necessary to maintain law and order.

Justice? Geneva Convention? Psshh - Who cares? It's all a bunch of crap invented by some bleeding heart tree hugging commies anyways!?

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leftyandproud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:01 PM
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6. felons are the only true group of disenfranchised voters in this country
LEGALLY disenfranchised...thousands of people...it's sickening.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:43 AM
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5. It seems that the NAACP is not going to fight it at this point
Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida chapter of the NAACP, said the group is ''optimistic'' that there would not be a repeat of what happened in 2000.

more: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/8600742.htm?ERIGHT...

I guess that they are taking a 'wait and see' approach.
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