We recently wrote about election theft in Florida, using the work of the inestimable Judd Legum at ThinkProgress.
The tool of choice — mass deletion of names from the voter rolls, then requiring people to "prove" their right to be relisted.
Here's more from Legum in an exclusive report (my emphasis):
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively.Let's do the math. Bad as they are, the numbers above don't tell the whole story. We need to look at the percentages and extrapolate:
According to data from the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections obtained by ThinkProgress:
... In short, in excess of 20 percent of the voters flagged as “non-citizens” in Miami-Dade are, in fact, citizens. And the actual number may be much higher.
- – 1638 people in Miami-Dade County were flagged by the state as “non-citizens” and sent letters informing them that they were ineligible to vote.
- – Of that group, 359 people have subs[e]quently provided the county with proof of citizenship.
- – Another 26 people were identified as U.S. citizens directly by the county.
- – The bulk of the remaining 1200 people have simply not responded yet to a letter sent to them by the Supervisor of Elections.
- Total Maimi-Dade letters sent: 1638
- Total known errors: 385
- Total not responding: The "vast bulk" of 1200 (say, 1000)
- Total responding: Approximately 500–600 (about 1/3)
Now extrapolate that across the entire Miami-Dade list. If those percentages hold:
- Total letters sent: 1638
- Eligible voters possibly purged: 1050 (64.1%)
Extrapolating across that list (64% of 182,000) yields more than 115,000 potential voters purged. Enough to swing Florida, don't you think?
This is election fraud on a massive scale, and excellent work by Judd Legum and ThinkProgress.
Who's being targeted? Read on:
An analysis of the state-wide list by the Miami Herald found that “Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters are the most likely to be targeted” as ineligible by the list.Who'da guessed?
Conversely, “whites and Republicans are disproportionately the least-likely to face the threat of removal.”
So how does this play out? Here's one way — Falsely disenfranchized Floridians appeal to Obama's Justice Dept. Eric Holder makes noises that "this is an outrage." Republicans make noises that "this is just political, and besides (shh, Holder has, well, melatonal ties that disqualify his etc., but shh)."
The White House, certain of November victory anyway, decides to back down. No need to ruffle R feathers.
Holder then makes all the right public noises, but does little to actually block this. (My best guess at the explanation: it's a matter for "the courts," plus something about "the states.")
I really really want to be wrong. Let's watch together, shall we? 115,000 purged eligible voters isn't small beer.
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