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Illegal Voters In FL May Make The Difference

From the Daily Caller:

Florida sues Obama’s agency to stop voter fraud

By Neil Munro

Florida’s secretary of state has asked a federal judge to force President Barack Obama’s administration to comply with federal voting laws.

Good luck with that.

“We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer,” Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a Monday statement announcing a new lawsuit. “We’ve filed a lawsuit to ensure the law is carried out and we are able to meet our obligation to keep the voter rolls accurate and current.”

The lawsuit follows Detzner’s effort to make the federal government comply with a law that requires it to help states verify the eligibility of people to vote in state elections. Florida officials are concerned that up to 180,000 non-citizen residents are inappropriately registered to vote.

In kind, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division threatened to sue the state of Florida if it does not halt the voter identification program, saying the state has not cleared it with federal authorities as required under the Voting Rights Act…

Under Florida’s rules, the state can strike people off the rolls if they don’t confirm their citizenship after a multi-stage, public process. The process would be greatly improved and accelerated if the federal Department of Homeland Security would confirm the citizenship of people on the state’s voter rolls, Chris Cate, communications director for the Florida Department of State, told The Daily Caller in May.

“For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls,” he added.

“After nearly a year of requests for access to the [Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements] SAVE database, the federal government has shown no signs of meeting their legal requirement to provide access,” Detzner’s statement said.

On the other side, the Justice Department letter seemed to take a condescending tone.

“As one would expect with a new program that has not been tested against real-world information, your program has critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters,” [wrote Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights]…

Now why would the Obama administration want to fight purging ineligible voters from Florida’s voting rolls?

An article from the ‘Naked Politics’ section of the Miami Herald suggests one possible answer:

And then there were 141 — noncitizens on the voter rolls, that is (47 may have cast ballots)

Posted by Mary Ellen Klas
Monday, Jun. 11, 2012

After a quick canvas of county elections supervisors and some new data from the state, it looks like 141 noncitizens were on Florida’s voter rolls and have since been removed…

Here’s how they break down by race compared to the overall voter rolls:

Race Purged % Rolls %
Hispanic 38% 13%
White (NH) 36% 68%
Black (NH) 9% 13%

Here’s how they break down by party compared to the overall voter rolls:

Party Purged % Rolls
DEM 41% 40%
REP 31% 36%
NPA/Oth 27% 20%

Understand, this is a small sample size and the numbers are constantly changing. Of course, each side will use what data it can to advance its point and ignore the data that inconveniences its particular theory.

But the higher the noncitizen number gets, the more it tends to help the more conservative argument that the hunt and purge need to continue. That’s assuming that a lawful voter doesn’t get booted from the rolls. That hasn’t happened yet. Although the case of Battle of the Bulge vet Bill Internicola shows that an inconvenienced voter who feels hassled by this program can really stick it to the state.

Still, here’s a numbers game to consider: 141 is 4.7% of 3,000 (the size of the state’s potential noncitizens list sent to election supervisors and then some). If that noncitizens match-rate held true, guess how many noncitizens would be found if the state sent the counties 11,425 more names?

Answer: 537. That’s the number of votes that George Bush beat Al Gore by in 2000 in Florida

Which is why it is so important to the Obama administration to stop this. They realize that the number of illegal voters might make the difference between winning or losing Florida in November.

So they are going to fight any purge of them, tooth and nail.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Illegal Voters In FL May Make The Difference”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Vote Early
    Vote Often
    Especially if You’re Dead

    It’s the Chicago Way™

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