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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-16-03 01:15 PM
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27. The settlement with NAACP et al should have had them reinstated in 2002
AFTER the gubernatorial election, of course.

I haven't heard any confirmation that this has happened. However, here is a bit from USCCR:

"On September 3, 2002, a final settlement of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP, People for the American Way, and other civil rights groups against state and local elections officials and agencies was reached. As mentioned earlier, the lawsuit alleged that African Americans in Florida were denied their right to vote because of faulty election equipment, inadequate and mishandled voter registration procedures, and a flawed system for removing convicted felons and others from voter registration lists. The terms of the settlement include, among other provisions:

* The creation of a new position to monitor Floridas compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the motor-voter law.

* Increased efforts by the Departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Children and Families to encourage voter registration at their offices under the motor-voter law.

* Restoration of the names of voters who were improperly removed from the voter lists.

* Reevaluation of the names purged from the voter rolls and the application of more stringent criteria than were used before the 2000 election.

* Increased training on voter registration and polling place procedures for election workers.

After the settlement was reached, Florida Secretary of State Jim Smith and representatives of the plaintiffs issued a statement saying that while they may not agree about the scope, impact and effect of the problems that surfaced during the 2000 presidential election, they share a common desire to promote the continuation and enhancement of election reform in Florida, which transcends their differences.<48>

Jim Smith replaced former Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who resigned to run for Congress. Mr. Smith previously served as secretary of state from 1987 to 1995 and was attorney general from 1979 to 1987. Smith ran for governor as a Democrat in 1986, before becoming a Republican. Secretary Smith, a lawyer and lobbyist, most recently served as co-chairman of the governors 21-member select task force appointed to examine problems in Floridas election system following the 2000 presidential election. According to Governor Bush, Smiths experience and leadership will be critical as Florida approaches the 2002 elections.

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