Florida Gov. Rick Scott isn’t backing down from efforts to make sure non-citizens don’t cancel legitimate votes in elections. Nor is Scott’s secretary of state Ken Detzner.
Leftist groups have made wild accusations about disenfranchising minorities, although clearing up voter rolls will benefit all races and polls show Americans approve of voter ID.
Ironically some county election supervisors caved to the Dept. of Justice’s improper diktat that Florida stop attempting to make sure voter rolls are legitimate. The Tampa Bay Times said:
“Last week, after the Justice Department letter came out, county election supervisors suspended the purge. Several said a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizen voters — overwhelmingly minorities — was unreliable and included hundreds of actual citizens who are lawful voters.”
The Sun-Sentinel offered de facto advocacy for Leftist positions with a story titled, “Statistics show voter fraud is a rare occurrence in Florida.”
That header was contradicted by the Sun-Sentinel’s story admitting this:
“However, convictions for voter fraud are difficult to track; neither the state Division of Elections nor the association of elections supervisors has numbers.”
Voter fraud by non-citizens is really difficult to track if no one’s looking for it, and until Scott’s administration, no one did.
The Federation for Immigration Reform, an organization seeking to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest, pegged the number of illegal aliens in Florida at 820,000 in 2010.
Identity papers are not hard to get, as evidenced by an investigation in Jacksonville in November, 2009, when authorities uncovered 100 fake documents among workers at the construction project for the Duval County courthouse.
President Barack Obama’s Dept. of Homeland Security has obstructed Florida’s efforts to clean up voter rolls by denying the state access to the database used to vet applications for entitlements.
Obama, like President Bill Clinton, erects walls between federal agencies when it comes to sharing information.
Ironically, as noted by Newsbusters, if you want to get into a booksigning held by First Lady Michelle Obama, you are going to need some serious ID. First you purchase her book and leave it at the store, and then:
“At the same time, customers must also submit their social security number and show an official photo ID (driver's license, passport) to a Secret Service agent, and they will be issued a wristband to the First Lady's event on June 12.”
Gov. Scott revealed that DHS has obstructed Florida’s efforts since 2011:
“The process to remove non-U.S. citizens from Florida’s voter database actually began in Spring, 2011. A few months later, in September, 2011, Florida elections officials asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database. After waiting several months to gain access to this database, Florida initiated the process to remove ineligible voters based on the best information available to the state. The states of Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina have also requested access to the SAVE system for a similar purpose. But the federal government has yet to grant access to the system.”
With county elections supervisors caving to the federal government and undermining efforts by Florida’s governor, it’s obvious those supervisors and the feds dismiss the fact most Americans, as polls by Rasmussen, Fox News and others show, want to be sure non-citizens don’t vote.
Florida is a swing state in the coming General Election, one reason to address troubling issues ahead of time. Scott’s approach is the only one that makes sense.
No media have pointed out that if the federal government did the job taxpayers fund, Florida and other states would not have to devote resources to making sure votes are legitimate.
Media passively advocate for open borders and Big Media rarely covers costs of crime, healthcare, education and ID theft related to illegal aliens.
Related/Source at The US Report
Related on the Web
FAQ about Protecting Citizen Voter Rights in Florida (Gov. Rick Scott website)
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 7, 2012)