Florida’s election supervisors announced their decision Friday evening to stop the controversial effort of Governor Rick Scott’s (R) administration removing names off the state’s voter rolls, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Spurred by the Department of Justice delivered a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner that the name purging was illegal, the state’s Supervisors of Elections president Vicki Davis acknowledged the numerous mistakes located in purging eligible voters off the rolls.
“There are just too many variables with this entire process at this time for supervisors to continue,” David said.
The Miami Herald ran an editorial Sunday urging Florida to Purge the Purge List.
The Marietta Daily Journal calls this ‘voter supression’…
But here’s the problem. It’s not just Florida. The Sunshine State is just one of more than 20 states, led by Republican governors, where so-called “voter reform” laws — in reality, voter suppression laws — have been enacted within the last year. Based on model legislation provided by the Koch Brothers-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they target seniors, students, the poor and racial minorities by restricting voting rights in several different ways. Many states, collectively accounting for 171 out of 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, now require an official government photo ID. Early voting is eliminated or curtailed. No more registering to vote on Election Day. Voting on the Sunday before the election, when black churches drive “souls to the polls,” no longer permitted.
Republicans justify attempts to suppress the vote by warning about massive voter fraud — of which there is simply zero evidence. A 2011 survey by the Brennan Center for Justice found voter fraud “extremely rare.” Washington state, for example, reported a fraud rate of 0.0009 percent; Ohio, only 0.00004 percent. You’re more likely to be struck by lightning.
In living memory, Americans risked injury and death at the the hands of domestic terrorists such as the Ku Klux Klan to exercise their right to vote. Women have had the vote for less than a hundred years, and it was hard-earned by the efforts of Suffragists over lifetimes. Now the anti-suffragists are eroding our rights on the margins, a little at a time, counting on complacency, ignorance and hopelessness to persuade Americans that our vote doesn’t count.
We’re not the Koch Brothers, but the 99% has them outnumbered. Get your civics and spread the word. Knowledge is power.