By John W. Lillpop
Common sense may be making a dramatic recovery in the great state of Florida, if the state’s reaction to Eric Holder’s demand that Florida discontinue purging the voter rolls of fraud is any indication.
As indicated at the reference, in part, Florida has essentially told Eric Holder it will ignore his hideous attempt to institutionalize voter fraud:
Kudos to Governor Scott and Chris Cate!
“Florida says it will defy an order from the US justice department to stop purging its voter roll of people the state claims may not be American citizens.
The justice department has warned that the practice, which critics describe as "voter suppression" by Florida's Republican administration aimed at stripping the ballot from people more likely to support Democrats, is illegal under federal laws.
It has given the state until Wednesday to agree to halt the purge, something officials in Florida say they have no intention of doing.
Federal authorities say that the state is obliged to get justice department approval for changes to its voting laws under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was introduced to end practices that prevented African Americans from exercising their democratic right in many southern states.
The justice department also said that the purge appears to violate a federal law stopping voters being removed from the rolls less than 90 days before an election. Florida holds primaries in mid-August.
But Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida secretary of state, said the purge will continue.
"We have a year-round obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate. We are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure that ineligible voters cannot vote," he said.
The justice department move comes after the attorney general, Eric Holder, last week warned that gains of the civil rights struggle hang in the balance in the face of a determined effort by many states to roll back laws ensuring the right to vote.
He said that there is a "growing need to protect the voting rights of every eligible citizen" amid a flurry of legislation and executive orders in US states ostensibly to prevent election fraud with measures such as requiring proof of identity in order to vote.
Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has justified the purging of the voters roll as necessary to prevent fraud by people who are not American citizens.”
However, in the interest of electoral purity, one additional purge is necessary, fellows:
Purge the name of Barack Hussein as a candidate from all ballots, effective immediately!
Let’s root out all voter fraud, even that which leads to the Oval Office!