Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Florida: ID-match law stalls 5,000 voter applications (only 10% are R's!!)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 06:16 AM
Original message
Florida: ID-match law stalls 5,000 voter applications (only 10% are R's!!)

ID-match law stalls 5,000 voter applications

Aaron Deslatte and Mary Shanklin | Sentinel Staff Writers
October 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE - Three weeks after Florida began enforcing a controversial law to require tougher ID matches for would-be voters, registration applications from more than 5,000 Floridians have been held up, at least temporarily.

In Orange County, just more than 50 percent of the 672 challenged registrations were from Democrats and about 10 percent were from Republicans, with the rest showing an unknown party or no party affiliation, according to an Orlando Sentinel analysis. Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning opted earlier this month to start enforcing the law that was enacted three years ago but litigated by civil-rights and voting groups until this summer.

The "No Match, No Vote" law flags Floridians trying to register to vote if their drivers license or Social Security number doesn't match with government databases. The law then requires the state or county officials to try to notify would-be voters to clear up the problem.

Traveling in Kuwait on Tuesday, Browning said during a conference call that the ratio of rejections in Orange County made sense, given the surge of Democratic voter registrations this election year. More than three-fourths of the 44,521 who registered in Orange from January through August were Democrats, records show. "I think the same would be true if it were a Republican year," Browning said, adding, "We are not in the voter-suppression business."

But Democrats said the numbers proved what they've suspected -- that the law's enforcement would keep more Democrats than Republicans off the rolls, in part because new Democratic voters are more likely to be minorities and poor.
Refresh | +1 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC