Purging Florida

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Idque apud imperitos humanitas vocabatur, cum pars servitutis esset. Translation: Because they didn’t know better, they called it ‘civilization,’ when it was part of their slavery.

Tacitus, Agricola


Florida. Nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. Especially if you vote. They are trying to purge the voter roles, if looked at from one side of the political argument. The other side of the argument states that it is only .02% of the total voting population that is affected, so it therefore should not be a big deal.

Let me make a point here. Florida has over 11 million registered voters. .02% of the voting populace is over two hundred and twenty five thousand people. That is equivalent to the entire population to St. Lucie county, Florida. There are 46 counties in Florida with smaller populations than St. Lucie county.

States have the right to make sure that their voter roles are kept to only those who are eligible voters. There are laws however that are at the heart of the real issue with this happening here. The National voter registration act of 1993 , aka “Motor voter” has within it a clause that states any attempts to remove ineligible voters must be complete 90 days prior to either primary or general elections. There are primary elections going on in Florida on August 14th.

Meaning that any attempt by the state of Florida to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls has to be complete, according to federal law, by May 14th. The attempt by the state of Florida to “purge” their voter rolls is illegal. Not because it is wrong to do this, but because federal law states that the date this action needed to be complete by has already passed.

I almost feel for the crazy people who are afraid of illegals with drivers licenses stealing their elections. There may well be a few people who do try to cheat the system. But I tell you this. The problem of voter fraud is a small one in America. There have been 49 cases of voter fraud in Florida over the last 4 years. 49. In a state of with over 11 million voters. Over four years.

Even if there were a hundred people involved in each case (and I know of one case where 9 people were involved, and odds are that a great many others involve individuals) it would only amount to roughly .02% of the .02% of the registered voters in Florida that would be purged. If I am not supposed to care because there are only two tenths of one percent of the populace involved in the voter purge, why then am I expected to care about the two thousandths of one percent of people who may actually be fraudulent?

And what is the nature of that fraudulent vote? A difference in birthdays between birth certificate and driver’s license? That is the case with one 91 year old veteran who may be stripped of his right to vote because of just that happenstance.

While democratic partisans are using this as another chance to get a dig in on the Republicans(which I have no problem with), the reason this is an issue is that the state of Florida is blatantly breaking the law by doing this.

And something is being done. The feds are telling the state of Florida in no uncertain terms that they must stop.

Burn this one into your memory banks folks, I’ve never said this before, and don’t expect to say it often in future.



That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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