Skip to comments.Florida election official to Rev. Al: We won't let Gov. Scott purge our voters!
Posted on 06/07/2012 11:21:28 AM PDT by kevcol
Florida announced Wednesday afternoon it would ignore the Department of Justice's demands to stop its controversial voter purge, but a state election supervisor threw another twist into the story, telling MSNBC's Al Sharpton soon afterwards that he and his colleagues won't play along.
Ion Sancho, Leon County's supervisor of elections, told the PoliticsNation host that Republican Gov. Rick Scott can "do all he wants of this partisan endeavor" but that Sancho would not participate in a process he sees as illegal, adding that he spoke for a good number of his fellow supervisors.
The majority of us "will not conduct any illegal activity," Sancho told Sharpton. "We're going to ensure our voters are protected."
Sancho said that the purge would not be successfully executed without the cooperation of supervisors like himself.
"We are the hands, legs, head, feet and eyes of this process," said Sancho. "...I was independently elected by the voters of my county and I work for them."
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If the effect of the NVRA (Motor Voter) is to force a state to allow never-eligible non-citizens the opportunity to vote, he wrote, then the statute might violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, which guarantees that the right to vote cannot be denied by a dilution of the weight of a citizens vote.
As for the Voting Rights Act claim, Detzner wrote, Florida already received federal permission to remove noncitizens, which is clearly spelled out in Florida law.
Whats more, the Voting Rights Act applies to only five Florida counties Monroe, Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee and Hendry and not the other 62 in Florida, including Miami-Dade, where about 1,600 of the 2,700 potential noncitizens were initially identified by the state in a database created by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
About 500 people in Miami-Dade have been found to be lawful citizens and voters, and 13 noncitizens have been found. Two of them might have voted and could face prosecution. The county has been unable to verify the citizenship of more than 1,100 others.
Assuming the purge halts, those people could vote this year even if some are noncitizens.
"Not a single eligible voter as far, as I know, has been removed from the voter rolls," Scott said Wednesday on WNDB radio in Daytona Beach, according to a News Service of Florida transcript. "Not one. And were working to keep it that way."
"Their vote should not be diluted by people who dont have the right to vote," Scott said. "We need to be reviewing our voter rolls and making sure only those individuals who have the right to vote are voting."
This hardly seems like an approach earnestly designed to protect the integrity of elections and to ensure that eligible voters have their votes counted, said the letter, written by Scotts hand-picked secretary of state, Ken Detzner, a fellow Republican.
Detzner also submitted a list of four questions that he wants the DOJ to answer:
Scott's swift and certain reply should be, "You're fired."
Going crazy that one of the sources for Democrat fraud will be taken away from them.
My first thought, too... but can he do that?
I bet your voters won't feel the same come your next re-election...............
just called the governor’s office (850-488-7146)
they are aware of this tool and what he’s said
i asked them to confirm that this person works under the governor, and they said yes. i asked that this person, and all others not following the governors orders, be fired immediately
i also requested that the governor continue to remove the dead from the voting rolls.
i’d recommend everyone to do the same (as #8)
I’d like to see all voter rolls purged every 10 years or so and you have to go and provide ID to re-register.
Governor Scott is FOLLOWING THE LAW..tell Sancho Panza to go tilt at windmills an move to some other state...
The state can counter by telling him that they will therefore hold him personally responsible for any illegal voters found voting in his county, and will indict him as a conspirator.
Can anyone explain how having dead, illegal or felon voters canceling out your vote protects the majority of voters who are playing by the rules?
You are fired.
Ok, I looked it up. Leon County is the county that Tallahassee, our capitol is located in
94 thousand Democrats registered
48 thousand Republicans
28 thousand Others ( Florida has No party affiliation and maybe some minor parties)
The Florida panhandle is all conservative and GOP EXCEPT for Leon County.
So I hope Governor Scott can do something about this dunderhead who refuses to follow orders of the commander in chief of his state.
"Our voters" is like Holder's "my people". The ones who are playing by the rules aren't "his voters".
He’s telling us where to look.
Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, watches as FAMU students march towards him at the Leon County Courthouse
And that march that he appears to be so enthusiastic about?
Sure, here you go...
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