Miami reporter: Hispanics and independents targeted by Florida’s voter purge

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 16:45 EDT
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In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today, Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo offered more details as to who is being targeted in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s attempt to purge “non-citizens” from the state’s voter rolls.

Out of about 2,600 people identified by the Scott administration as non-citizens, Caputo said, 1,600 of them reside in Miami-Dade County. And 58 percent of them were Hispanic voters and voters who registered as independents.

State election commissioners already stopped following Scott’s orders to trim the voter rosters, citing “just too many variables” to continue the process.

“The least-likely to be on the list were Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,” Caputo said. “So when you look at the statistics, you can see why people walk away with the idea that it’s racially or ethnically motivated.”

Hispanics make up the state’s largest immigrant population, Caputo added, and they tend to register as independents. But only about 13 people have actually been taken off the rolls so far.

Here’s the video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, aired June 5, 2012:

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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