I bet you thought this was going to be a post about Obama actually prosecuting some of the thousands of criminals on Wall Street (aka Jon Corzine, Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein) or prosecuting the other thousands of mortgage scammers that ruined our economy. You’d be wrong. He is bringing out the big guns against the Governor of Florida for following Federal law and purging the voter rolls of fraudulent names. The “racist” Governor of Florida is actually purging the voter rolls of dead people and illegal aliens. The last time I checked, they are not allowed to vote. Here in PA there are shrill activists who think Governor Corbett is a racist because he wants voters to show their ID before voting in order to prove they are who they say they are. He must be a commie.
Why do liberals have such a problem with having our voter rolls accurate and making voters prove who they are? You need to show ID to get in a bar. You need ID to apply for a credit card, rent an apartment, buy a house, and about 10,000 other every day things. Why is it racist to ask for ID to vote?
Obama and his minions had no problem with video of Black Panthers intimidating white voters in Phila. I guess that isn’t racist.
I’m glad to see Obama is focused on the most important issues of the day.
The ‘racist’ Florida vote purge obeys federal law
Thursday, June 14,2012
“Gov. Wallace was the face of the original Jim Crow,” says MoveOn.org’s Garlin Gilchrist II. “Now, Gov. Scott is the face of Jim Crow 2.0.”
Liberals once again are foaming at their mouths over mainly conservative initiatives to prevent vote fraud. The trigger for the Left’s latest rabid attack is Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to verify the accuracy of Florida’s voter rolls.
Responding to Scott’s and similar programs, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, “Do we want to be the first generation to restrict the ability of American citizens to vote? We have a bad history in that regard …”
A Tampa Bay Times editorial accused Scott of “standing between Floridians and their right to vote as U.S. citizens.” MoveOn called Scott’s project a “racist voter purge.”
So, where did Scott decide to scrutinize Florida’s rolls for ineligible voters? At a KKK rally? At a white-power retreat deep inside the Everglades with neo-Nazi David Duke?
In fact, Scott’s measures are required by federal law.
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (AKA Motor Voter) holds that “A State shall … systematically remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.” Further, the 2002 Helping America Vote Act, adopted after 2000’s Bush v. Gore recount fiasco in … where again? Oh, yes … Florida, commands that “The appropriate State or local election official shall perform list maintenance with respect to the computerized list on a regular basis … For purposes of removing names of ineligible voters …”
Like an overgrown lawn, Florida’s voter rolls screamed for attention. When Sunshine State officials compared voter lists with the Social Security Death Index, they discovered 51,308 registered voters who happened to be dead. The Scott administration should perform a national service by checking those names against voter records to determine how many people kept voting after they stopped breathing.
Last September, Florida asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for access to its Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) national citizenship database. DHS has stonewalled Florida’s request, and those from Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina. As Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner wrote the U.S. Justice Department on June 6, “a chain of emails dating back nine months … demonstrates DHS’s refusals and delays in this regard.”
Florida then examined its driver’s license applications against voter rolls. It discovered 182,000 potential non-citizen registered voters. SAVE could determine which drivers had become naturalized, but DHS will not share this record with Florida.
A sub-sample of 2,600 of these 182,000 possible aliens yielded at least 500 now-naturalized citizens as well as, so far, 104 confirmed non-citizen registered voters, 56 of whom feloniously have voted. If representative, this sample extrapolates to 7,280 registered non-citizens, 3,920 of whom may have voted and may do so again. Given that George W. Bush won Florida and, thus, the White House, by just 537 votes, Americans should rail against the possibility that more than seven times as many aliens could be poised to elect the next president of the United States.
Rather than encourage it to fix this mess, the Obama administration has sued Florida to stop it from complying with relevant federal laws. Team Obama claims that Scott’s statewide electoral hygiene campaign violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act, although that law covers only five of Florida’s 67 counties.
The Justice Department also says Florida cannot clean its voter rolls within 90 days of a federal election, namely Aug. 14’s congressional primary. The Nov. 6 general election is within 90 days of the primary, further precluding voter-list maintenance, according to Obama legal interpretation.
Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, R-Fla., captured the frustration many Floridians feel as the Obama administration labors feverishly against ballot integrity. As Rooney wrote Holder on June 6: “While your department should be working with Florida to stop voter fraud, you are instead actively working to keep noncitizens — who have committed a felony — on our state’s voter rolls.”
Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. E-mail him at deroy.Murdock@gmail.com