For example, here in Florida, an important swing state in the upcoming election, Gov. Scott (R-FL) is purging the voter rolls, explaining that he’s concerned that illegal voting is taking place. If people are suspected of being “illegal” voters, then they must prove they are “legal.”
The Tea Party Governor used the records of the DMV to identify people who might be non-citizens. However, this information is unreliable.
Out of the thousands of people that the state is targeting, so far they have only found 2 people who possibly voted when they shouldn’t have.
But the damage is being done: 87% of the voters “targeted” are minorities. According to the Miami Herald, most of the people asked to prove their citizenship are Independents and Democrats. However, statistics show if you are white and vote Republican, you are less likely to be targeted.
Bill Internicola, 91 year-old veteran
Such craziness even affected a 91 year-old World War II veteran. Gov. Scott’s purging program mailed a letter to a Bill Internicola, saying that he was not a U.S. citizen (see sample letter). This man was born in Brooklyn, NY, and fought for our country, but he has to prove that he is an eligible voter.
Gov. Scott ignored the fact that he is violating the National Voting Rights Act of 1993 that prevents removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of an election.
The following chart from ThinkProgress shows that many of the targeted voters are in immigrant-rich Miami, and many people did not respond to the letter. Therefore, citizens will be purged from the voter rolls by not responding. Gov. Scott’s plan is discouraging eligible voters just in time for the fall election.
FULL ARTICLE HERE: New Voter Laws Target Minorities | IMAGINE 2050.