Rick Scott’s Voter Purge Draws Lawsuits

21 Jun

Florida Voter Purge At least someone is challenging Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, on his late-season voter purge.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) faces another lawsuit stemming from the purge of voter rolls leading up to the November presidential election.

Civil and voting rights organizations filed suit today alleging the purge violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans discrimination in voting practices. “This lawsuit will protect eligible voters in every county in Florida from walking into a polling place only to find that the state has erroneously decreed they cannot participate in this election,” Catherine M. Flanagan, director of Project Vote’s Election Administration Program, said in a statement. “This purge is profoundly undemocratic and must be stopped.”

Florida officials insist the purge is necessary to prevent voter fraud, despite the fact that no evidence of widespread voter fraud exists.

A new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac found that Florida voters support Gov. Rick Scott’s recent efforts to purge the voter rolls of non-citizens by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin.
Republicans support the measure 90 percent to 8 percent and Democrats 60 percent to 33 percent. But there is a racial divide when it comes to the policy. White voters back the purge 67 percent to 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 percent to 38 percent and Hispanic voters support it 49 percent to 42 percent.

Scott, and Senator Marco Rubio, insist the purge is about fairness, but the numbers of elderly voters double voting or non-citizens daring to vote for Democrats is marginal.

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