Florida GOP Gov has staff tell hundreds of eligible voters they can’t vote

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, May 27, 2012 16:00 EDT
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) speaks to a crowd.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) is facing major criticism for his administration ruling many eligible citizens in the state ineligible to vote, according to an exclusive report from Think Progress.

Scott’s plan calls for the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls before the November election. However, his administration’s list is filled with a myriad of mistakes that deny a large number of eligible voters the chance to cast a ballot.

One area serving as the prime example of the Scott administration’s mistakes is Miami Dade County, a predominantly Democratic area. 1638 people in the county were flagged as “non-citizens” by the state. However, at least 359 people already provided information proving their citizenship. An additional 26 people were identified as citizens by the county itself. The remaining 1,200 people have yet to respond to a letter sent by Florida’s Supervisor of Elections.

The Miami Herald found that “Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters are the most likely to be targeted” to likely be considered ineligible to vote.

(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)


Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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