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Old 07-01-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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Florida Must Release List of Ineligible Voters

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Florida must release a list of suspected felons it wants purged from voter registration rolls so the names can be checked to avoid errors that wrongly disenfranchised voters in the state's disputed 2000 election, a state judge ruled on Thursday.

CNN, ABC and other news and civil rights groups sued to get copies of the list in order to check its accuracy before November's presidential election.

A similar purge list used in 2000 contained hundreds and possibly thousands of errors, barring some eligible Florida voters from the state's presidential balloting. Republican George W. Bush gained the White House after winning Florida by 537 votes after a recount battle.
Perhaps one can see why there is still a lot of bitterness, regarding the 2000 election. It's funny that, four years later, we still haven't resolved all the problems.

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Re: Florida Must Release List of Ineligible Voters

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It's funny that, four years later, we still haven't resolved all the problems.

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That's because there was no problem, their man won.
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Of course, in the last 4 years, no one ever showed there was an error.

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Who needs speculation when you've got fact?

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In 2000, many of the barred voters were blacks, who skew Democratic, and who charged they were deliberately disenfranchised to influence the outcome. The errors also enabled some ineligible voters such as felons to obtain ballots.
Also, how can anyone "show there was an error" when the list of ineligible voters was so tightly controlled? Hence, the point of this court case to make them open for public scrutiny.

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I always looked at the Florida thing the same way as the NFL instant replay: was their irrefutable visual evidence to the contrary? If not, the play stands. If no one has any proof, you can't change an election based on maybe this or that old person might have meant to push this. Maybe some of the handlers knocked a chad out too. I say get rid of the stupid punchcard voting system for good.
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Florida Must Provide List of Felons
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July 2, 2004

MIAMI Florida must release a list of suspected felons it wants purged from voter registration rolls so the names can be checked to avoid errors that wrongly disenfranchised voters in the state's disputed 2000 election, a state judge ruled Thursday.

CNN, ABC and other news and civil rights groups sued to get copies of the list to check its accuracy before November's presidential election.

A similar purge list used in 2000 contained hundreds and possibly thousands of errors, barring some eligible Florida voters from the state's presidential balloting. Republican George W. Bush gained the White House after winning Florida by 537 votes after a recount battle.

"This is good news for voters because now these records will be open and available for public inspection to help protect the right of every eligible voter in Florida," said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, one of the plaintiffs.

In 2000, many of the barred voters were blacks, who generally vote Democratic.

Florida permanently bars convicted felons from voting unless they have undergone an administrative process to have their civil rights restored after serving their sentences.

In May, the state Department of Elections identified 47,763 people who may not be eligible to vote because of felony convictions and urged county election supervisors to verify the lists and purge the voter registration rolls accordingly.
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In 2000, many of the barred voters were blacks, who generally vote Democratic
This was no accident.
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