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June 04, 2012 8:47 AM Voter Fraud in Florida

By Mark Kleiman

The lack of press attention to Florida Gov. (and corporate fraudster) Rick Scott’s attempt to steal the 2012 election as the 2000 election was stolen – by disenfanchising Democratic voters – is really striking. The Justice Department has challenged it and local election officials are now in open revolt, but the national media has treated it as a non-story, or as a he-said, she-said.

In 2000, the excuse for purging likely Democrats was getting felons off the rolls; the Republican Secretary of State, who was also George W. Bush’s campaign chair in the state, deliberately chose an algorithm that would disenfranchise thousands of people whose names resembled those of felons. (But not those with Hispanic surnames, to avoid purging any Cubans.) This was way more important than hanging chads or the butterly ballot in cheating GWB into the White House. This year, the idea is getting rid of non-citizens, but again there are lots of “false positives” – both name’s-the-same cases and people who are now citizens though the old data being used says otherwise – and oddly enough the program once again turns out to eliminate lots of Democrats and few Republicans.

The same applies to Florida’s new law to prevent voter-registration efforts, which a Federal court has now stuck down.

Naturally, none of the right-wing pundits pushing the false claim that there are substantial numbers of fraudulent votes cast – thus justifying that other tactic of vote-suppression, the requirement for a state-issued photo ID – seems to have any problem with fraudulently denying the right to vote. I got some static recently for calling the current Republican apparat “enemies of the Republic.” But what would you call people who intend to remain in power by keeping their opponents from voting them out?

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles.
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Comments

  • nitpicker on June 05, 2012 9:03 AM:

    It should also be noted, as the DOJ did, that the Voting Rights Act prohibits states from waiting until the last minute before an election and then scrubbing its registry, which Florida is clearly doing.

  • Rick B on June 05, 2012 3:27 PM:

    It's not just a Florida thing. Here's a report from the Houston Chronicle as printed in the Fort Worth Star Telegram today.

    I'm wondering how many reports like this we will see between now and November. I also expect massive vote suppression activities on November 6.