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.

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Comment by Russell Edmund Fowler on June 4, 2012 at 5:51pm

Elwood Frantz and Billy Bowlegs both right..I also got Bill Nelson e-mail.  Nelson is on his way out and hope it will be George LeMieux for the Senate.

Comment by Elwood Frantz on June 4, 2012 at 3:59pm

I just got an e-mail from Bill Nelson.....what a tearjerker! He writes of a poor WWII Veteran having to go through the humility, after fighting the BIG war, of having to show his ID at the polls. What a crying shame! Poor man. I'm sure he had no problem, but Bill Nelson made it out like the man was "disenfranchised" from voting. What a piece of.........cake! I wrote back and told him he was a liar, and he only sent the e-mail so we would allow the liberals in congress to count the dead peoples votes! I'm waiting for a response!

Comment by Russell Edmund Fowler on June 4, 2012 at 3:44pm

We need simple test before you can vote.  Like how many stars on the American flag.  How many stripe on the flag. The 3 branch of govt. What the stars stand for and the stripes.  Do you know your politicians.

I have talk to a lot of people and most don't have a clue.

Comment by Arnold Wray Oliver on June 4, 2012 at 3:29pm

 The DOJ has recently blocked the Texas Voter ID law and one of the stated reasons was that Texas had not submitted any evidence of voter fraud.  They must not be familiar with south Texas in the 40's and 50's when George Parr (The Duke of Duval County) and his political machine and the infamous Box 13 (google it) delivered to "Landslide" Lyndon Johnson the 87 votes needed to send him to Congress and the rest is history.  Several lawsuits were filed and one US District Judge noted in his summary of one of the suits that "it is not unusual to find dead people voting but it is highly unusual to find them voting in alphabetical order."

Comment by Betz on June 4, 2012 at 11:46am

It is the states responsibility to make sure all voters are citizens of the United States, not a felon and are of sound mind to vote.  That means people that are in nursing homes and / or assisted living complexes are of sound mind and know what they are voting for.  It is illegal to use the ballot of a person with Alzheimer's to vote.  Voter fraud must be stopped and any secretary of state that does not ensure the legality of a voter should be tried for corruption and / or malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.  All elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution and when they deliberately ignore making sure all names on the voters rolls are legal citizens then they are criminals themselves.

Comment by Brad Myers on June 3, 2012 at 9:31pm

Invoke the 10th Amendment!!

Comment by Russell Edmund Fowler on June 3, 2012 at 7:23pm

The last election I went to here in Florida, I said to the officials, why should I have to show my ID and Voting card when the illegals don't have to.  They told me yes that is correct.  Next thing you know, Obama will fly in millions of illegals just to vote and put them in a all paid hotel.

Comment by Michael Goodfellow on June 3, 2012 at 7:18pm

Folks here in Florida have fought efforts for voters to show identification.  The liberal lemmings have trotted out old people who say they're being discriminated against because they do not have identification.

Folks here in Florida have fought efforts to clean up the voter rolls.  The liberal lemmings have claimed that doing so would be unfair and have trotted out a few people who were mistakenly dropped from the rolls.  Easy solution...If you receive notice you're about to be dropped, go to the office of the Supervisor of Elections and fight it.  It'll show them you're alive, kicking, and possibly legal to vote.

I am sick and tired of the bull from the left.  At times, sure, they can come up with decent ideas but it's not often.

Comment by Joseph Jr Vanchieri on June 3, 2012 at 5:09pm

Obamas injustice department and his thugs know without illegals and dead peoples votes Obama doesn't stand a chance in Florida and nationally.  This is beyond stupidity. If you want to buy a pack of smokes you need an ID. Beer you need an ID. Bank Acct. you need an ID. Are minorities being excluded from all these because of ID laws? I doubt it. It won't do anything but make voter fraud harder and Eric Holder and his injustice dept. are at war with sanity. This is so ridiculous that all around the world leaders and their people are laughing at us. I read one that mocked our election system as frivilous. Obama is like the world jester and has no respect anywhere he goes. Every State need tto tighten up their election laws and make sure our honest vote isn't taken away by illegal votes.

Comment by Charles W VanEpps on June 3, 2012 at 5:08pm

I've got two words for Eric Holder and his entire leftist justice department and they aren't "Hi There".

Slam the gas to the bloody floorboard Governor Scott, you have our support.

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