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Old 05-13-2012, 12:50 PM
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Default Estimated 180,000 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote in FL

An Estimated 180,000 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote in FL

Tallahassee, FL – According to state records, Florida election officials have determined that there are as many as 180,000 non-residents who are registered to vote in their state, making it likely that massive voter fraud is taking place.

The problem reportedly came to the attention of state election officials in early 2011 when the state’s DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information. Upon sampling the data and running some preliminary checks, officials were soon able to narrow their estimate of illegally registered voters to 180,000. That is when the state reached out to the federal government to help sort out the mess.

However, according to the office of Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, the Obama administration has been ignoring their requests for access to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases that will allow them to quickly determine the citizenship status of those on the list and put the issue to rest. As a result, the situation has now descended into a political fight with liberals charging Republican’s with attempted voter suppression.
Frederica Wilson, a U.S. Congresswoman from Miami famous for her loud mouth and brightly colored cowboy hats, has said that any federal effort to assist Florida in verifying the citizenship status of the voters in question would set a dangerous precedent.

“The Florida Republicans’ desire to use Department of Homeland Security information – which is for the purpose of thwarting terrorists and not to engage in yet another round of voter suppression – would set a dangerous precedent,” she said, “by not only taking away citizens’ constitutional right to vote but by giving state governments free rein to invade innocent Americans’ privacy.”

But Republicans say they are simply requesting help from the federal government to prevent exactly that. Florida does have the means to check citizenship status, just not with the same level of confirmation as the federal government. In other words, their attempt to coordinate with the federal government is nothing more than an effort to ensure those they remove from the voter rolls really do not belong there. However, regardless of the Obama administration’s willingness to help or not, the state does have a process in place they will move forward with to remove illegally registered voters from the rolls.

First, those who have initially been identified by the state as potential non-citizen voters will be contacted by mail and given 30 days to respond. If they do not respond within the given time frame, their names will be publicized in the paper so they or people they know may be alerted to the issue. They will then have 30 more days to respond, at which point they will be removed from the voter rolls if they fail to do so.

The Florida election division has said they will proceed to clean the voter rolls with or without the help of the federal government. Why the Obama administration is declining to ensure the registrations of legal citizens are not unintentionally revoked in the process is still a question left unanswered. The administration has not yet commented on their unwillingness to do so.
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