Well it is election season in Florida and we have a reputation for causing minor controversy – remember the 2000 election where President Bush won Florida by a few hundred votes? As I have repeatedly said Florida is the key in deciding who will be President and can help shift control of the U.S. Senate this November. Florida is under the microscope. Recently several news outlets have discovered dead people on Florida’s votin.... It only seems reasonable that election officials would want to make sure only eligible voters vote, right?
I certainly do not want my vote negated by someone who is dead, a convicted felon or in Florida illegally, would you? Well according to the U.S. Department of Justice not so fast!
Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald
reports, “The Justice Department ordered Florida’s elections division to halt a systematic effort to find and purge the state’s voter rolls of noncitizen voters.” So what is the basis of this order to cease and desist? It appears five Florida counties had “minority-voter troubles” decades ago. Talk about a technicality and the feds having a long memory, especially a Democrat controlled DOJ.
Marc writes in his column
, “Florida elections officials have repeatedly said that their efforts comply with all federal laws, which aren’t clearly written. They also say there’s nothing discriminatory or partisan about the effort. It’s simply trying to remove ineligible voters: felons, dead people and non citizens ... As a result, the state has performed its own checking and double-checking and winnowed down a pool of 180,000 potential noncitizens to a list of about 2,700. It is asking the counties to contact the voters by mail. Those who don’t respond within about two months of being contacted could be stricken from the rolls."
This all sounds very reasonable unless you are, according to Marc, a “coalition of liberal-leaning civil rights groups” which pointed out that “it burdens citizens instead of the government”. For liberals it is a civil right to not be burdened with the responsibility to prove you are eligible to vote no matter what! It is a burden to prove you are alive, not a felon and not here illegally. But wait, did not Florida do all the work? Did not Florida send out letters to just 2,700 people to make sure they are alive and law abiding citizens? If I got a letter from the state I would respond and I would not feel this is a burden. I would feel it is my responsibility to set the records straight. Oh, by the way, it is a felony to cast an illegal ballot.
All of this has led to local groups like the Republican Party of Sarasota
to begin a petition drive to Florida Governor Rick Scott supporting the state’s efforts to insure every legal vote is counted and counts. The petition states:
• I demand that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, cooperate with the State of Florida and their efforts to identify non-citizen voters who are illegally registered to vote in the State of Florida.
• I oppose all efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, to block the State of Florida's attempt to prevent non-citizens from voting in elections. All states not only have a right, under the 10th Amendment, but they have a responsibility to ensure fair elections.
• I fully support all efforts by Florida Governor Rick Scott to ensure fair & legal elections by preserving the integrity of Florida's voter rolls through the elimination of non-citizen voters!
I have always had difficulty reconciling the legal and liberal definitions of a voter.
It always seems that liberals want dead people, convicted felons and illegal aliens to have a right to vote but cannot get citizens to pass laws saying so. However, liberals have other means of getting their way on this issue and his name is the Chief-law-Enforcement officer of the United States of America – Attorney General Eric Holder. Voting for the vast majority of Americas means you are alive, not a convicted felon and are a natural born or naturalized citizen. That is the difference. It seems clear to me that we are a nation of laws not of men.
I wonder if AG Holder is picking on Florida because it was here that the lawsuit against Obamacare originated. No, that can’t be the case as AG Holder is sworn to uphold the law and our Constitution.
I hope every state in the union follows Florida’s lead and conducts a complete and reasonable audit of its voter rolls and removes those who, by state and federal statues, are ineligible.
My right to vote is earned by my good health, good behavior and by following the law. If not then tyranny will prevail.