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Fla. now allowed to challenge people's right to vote



Published: Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 10:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP)

In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people's right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.

The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Homeland Security Department.

The Obama administration had denied Florida's request for months but relented after a judge ruled in the state's favor in a related voter-purge matter.


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1IslandMike(752 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

No one has ever been accused of voter fraud, let alone charged. I don't see this making any difference. They can't purge people from the voter rolls unless they can prove that person is a non-citizen. Not too many illegals are concerned with voting. This is just more political banter.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Voting fraud in Florida. I don't believe it. Let me go ask George Bush and Al Gore.

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3CCADTI(80 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Not a big problem? I believe the last count of illegal voters in Fla. was 118,000. No wonder a certain political party would want their illegal votes to count.

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4VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This isn't just about illegals. This is about who is a citizen and who has the right to vote. There are many, many people living in this country legally, but are not citizens. Under our present system, anyone can submit a registration card to vote and they will be placed onto the voter roles. This isn't just about Hispanics. How do we know they are not Canadians living in Fla for the winter? Or Europeans, Russians or folks of the British Islands? Many foreigners winter in Fla., but they also have homes in other parts of the country as well.

Let's not go ballistic when a volunteer asks for your ID when you go to vote. There is a valid reason for the request and it all starts with protecting your rights as an American citizen. If you truely value your rights as an American, do yourself and your country a favor and go get your ID and papers in order before attempting to vote.

I am getting tired of hearing all the lazy knuckleheads out there complaining about their rights being infringed when all they need to do is prove they have the right to vote. If you cannot prove who you are and where you live, then you should not be allowed to vote.

If you need an ID to buy beer or cash a check, you should be able to show an ID to vote!

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5IslandMike(752 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

My ballot is "chadded!"

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