Gov. Scott: 'Right to vote is sacred,' and should not be diluted by noncitizens

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Gov. Rick Scott shakes hands with attendees of the annual Citrus Industry Annual Conference as he makes an appearance at the event at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Bonita Springs.

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David Albers/Staff Gov. Rick Scott shakes hands with attendees of the annual Citrus Industry Annual Conference as he makes an appearance at the event at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Bonita Springs.

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— Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won't back down from the federal government in his effort to remove potentially ineligible voters from the state's rolls.

"The right to vote is a sacred right, and we're making sure that is not diluted by noncitizens. We've done the right thing," Scott said Wednesday in Estero. "As the governor, I'm going to enforce the laws of the land and I expect other government entities to do the same thing."

Scott spoke at Florida Citrus Mutual's annual conference at the Hyatt Coconut Point for about 30 minutes. He received a loud ovation from about 100 people attending the citrus industry's conference's first day when he said it was shocking there is still a conversation in the U.S. on whether or not non-U.S. citizens should have the right to vote.

Scott pioneered a push last year to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the rolls in Florida. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state and called on it stop the ongoing purge because it is within 90 days of a federal election.

Asked for his response to the Justice Department's lawsuit on Wednesday, Scott said his administration is not performing a voter purge.

Florida's elections controversy began in a five-minute chat in February 2011 between Scott and then-Secretary of State Kurt Browning, his top election official. At the time, Browning showed Scott a presentation about Florida's voting rolls and elections issues for the political newcomer, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

That's when Scott — a Republican who campaigned as an immigration hardliner — asked a simple question: How do we know everyone on the rolls is a U.S. citizen?

"I said it was an honor system," Browning recalls. "That's how it's always been done."

"People don't always tell the truth," Browning recalled Scott saying. So, Browning decided to find out how many noncitizens were actually on the rolls.

Wednesday, Scott said his administration was forced to sue Homeland Security — a lawsuit filed Monday demanding access to a massive immigration database called Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program, or SAVE — and that the action could not have been avoided.

"The (Florida) Secretary of State's office started asking for the right to access the Homeland Security database a year ago, and for whatever reason Homeland Security elected not to give it," Scott said. "We tried with a small sample using our motor vehicle data, and what we found was that non-citizens are voting in our races."

Earlier this year, state officials sent local election officials a list of more than 2,600 voters and asked them to check the names. Thirty-seven election offices found more than 500 legitimate citizens on the list and have removed 43 voters.

However, some election officials have raised questions about the accuracy of the names on the list.

When asked about his level of certainty about the list on Wednesday, Scott didn't directly address the questions about accuracy. Instead, Scott said that is why his administration needs access to the Homeland Security database.

"No one has given us a rationale for why it hasn't been given," Scott said. "Look, this is not a partisan issue. I am still optimistic that we can work with the Department of Justice and Homeland Security to make sure that the races in Florida are honest and fair."

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida's 16th District attended the conference and said Scott is simply doing his job.

"We're not too far from the year 2000," said Rooney, a Republican. "I grew up in Palm Beach County, the home of the hanging chad. We've have to show the rest of our country and our electorate that we have rock solid voting system that people can feel confident that it is working."

Scott was also asked for his response to the Justice Department's argument that the purge violates federal law, which bans such steps within 90 days of a federal election.

"The rule in Florida is that non-citizens don't vote in our races," Scott responded. "I have not met one person in our country that thinks non-U.S. citizens should have the right to vote. We've done everything we can to work with Homeland Security and I'm still optimistic that they will give us access to the database."

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Ruger writes:

Go Governor Scott!!

rasputin writes:

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vivianped writes:

Stick to your guns Gov.
Also tell them today is not 90 days before
a federal election.
(these people can't even read a calandar)

rlberkley writes:

How many cases of voter fraud have occurred in Florida over the past 10 years? According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the rate of voter fraud in past elections is .0004%. The Governor's actions have already reduced the number of new registrants by 20%. Seems like a bad trade off to me. Watch this video to learn more: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue...

naples759 writes:

he's really trying to make himself visible and distract everyone from the poor job he's doing as governor.

it's a waste of time and money. illegals stay out of the limelight. even when they become legal through the process, many don't take the time (just like their natural born neighbors) to vote.

scott should check out how many postal workers are not citizens.

don't have to be, never had to be...

Bramble writes:

Rick is right on--standing his ground with the feds on this.

Unbelievable that any elections officials would allow applicants to self-declare their citizenship and eligibility to vote and not verify their answers. Do these officials also believe in the Tooth Fairy???

What other state programs are also doing this for applicants, for public assistance? housing? Medicaid?

Remember the 33 year-old Haitian attending High School in Immokalee? There was a 27 year old Mexican man enrolled in high school in Clearwater, too. He lied about his age at matriculation.

The feds have been unhelpful as they could be in this whole thing and could have cooperated and been done months ago. But nooooooooo. They'd rather sue Florida than due their jobs.

savethewhalz writes:

Obama has lost his political mind by siccing his lame dog Holder on we hayseeds in Florida. The OBVIOUS message is everyone should be allowed to vote in Florida, dead or illegal and that we Dems need every freaking vote! Romney is probably creaming his jeans on this one.

beerbong writes:

The headline said it all.

sally1860 writes:

Yes, the right to vote IS sacred. Which is why you shouldn't be purging people who are citizens and legal and forcing them to come up with proof this close to the election. You've had a year and a half to think about this. You could have taken steps with or without the cooperation of the feds before now.

But it's all really about getting rid of minority and low-income voters, no matter what our crook-in-chief says.

KennyR (Inactive) writes:

Yay Governor Scott! If you want to vote become a citizen. If you're not a citizen you are just a guest. I don't want to vote in your country and I don't want your vote in mine.

baldygrandpa writes:

Remember the phrase "no taxation without representation"? So illegals should be exempt from all taxes.?
What is missing here is any evidence that there is a statistically provable effect on election results as a result of non citizen voting.
Scott is really out on a limb on this.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

Between police beat, the chicago massacres, and the purge, present obama will be lucky to get 35% in NOvember!

Where's joe?

NewsAngel writes:

in response to sally1860:

Yes, the right to vote IS sacred. Which is why you shouldn't be purging people who are citizens and legal and forcing them to come up with proof this close to the election. You've had a year and a half to think about this. You could have taken steps with or without the cooperation of the feds before now.

But it's all really about getting rid of minority and low-income voters, no matter what our crook-in-chief says.

Anyone who is a proud citizen of the United States of America should have absolutely no problem producing proof of citizenship in order to vote and be happy to do it. In fact, EVERYONE who votes should have to produce a photo ID at the polls....we enforce security on every other level...why not the most "Sacred"??

staghorn writes:

never trust a republican©

woodguru writes:

in response to naples759:

he's really trying to make himself visible and distract everyone from the poor job he's doing as governor.

it's a waste of time and money. illegals stay out of the limelight. even when they become legal through the process, many don't take the time (just like their natural born neighbors) to vote.

scott should check out how many postal workers are not citizens.

don't have to be, never had to be...

Please go back to Mexico

Pragmatic1 writes:

THERE IS A TIME AND PLACE FOR EVERYTHING.

RIGHT BEFORE AN ELECTION WITH NO TIME FOR ANYONE TURNED AWAY TO APPEAL, IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO DO THIS.

IF THIS WAS A PROBLEM, WHICH THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THERE EVEN IS, WHY WAS IT NOT ADDRESSED EARLIER?

PURE, UNADULTERATED, BIASED, LOW LEVEL, DISCRIMINATORY, PARTISAN POLITICS.

ThisGuyy writes:

I wonder why this upsets so many people? It shouldn't affect individuals with nothing to hide...

cman writes:

This is not about purging the ineligible voters, the numbers are so small. Think about the cost spent to remove each voter. All these positions are funded with our tax dollars. Rather, the 400-500 thousand dollars for each voter removed is to ensure all of you vote rebublican because of anger not their lack of any substantial platform, but none of you realize or will admit that. Another waste of our money to support the Rpubs and you buy it like little sheepthrough the trough. Pathetic.

hubris-breath writes:

Where's the Hope? Where's the Change?

The problem is Obama continues all of Bush's failed economic policies:

Bush increased government spending. Obama has been increasing government spending.

Bush adopted Keynesian “stimulus” policies. Obama adopted Keynesian “stimulus” policies.

Bush bailed out politically connected companies. Obama has been bailing out politically connected companies.

Bush supported the Fed’s easy-money policy. Obama has been supporting the Fed’s easy-money policy.

Bush created a new healthcare entitlement. Obama created a new healthcare entitlement.

Bush imposed costly new regulations on the financial sector. Obama imposed costly new regulations on the financial sector.

http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/...

Chester writes:

Holder and dirty dick scott are the two most dispicable people in this country but on this issue I will have to say that dirty dick scott got this one right. It is a slap in the face of every legal resident of Florida allowing just one illegal invader to vote! Purge and deport!!!!!

sally1860 writes:

TheBigTeaBagger: "It too bad they, minority and low-income voters get to vote anyway. uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating, wanting everything given to them because they didn't get a skill, trade or go to college like mama told em to. Now we get to foot the bill. FREE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE!!! is say. Lets just give it away! And hell yes, lets let these same minority and low-income, uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating people vote for the CEO of this country. Makes allot sense. Liberal thinking at its finest."

Are you for real?? All minorities and poor people are lazy, shiftless, uneducated dolts who don't deserve to vote? If that's really your attitude, you're beyond hope. Fortunately I don't think there are that many people as s----- as you are around in decision-making positions. At least I hope so. But I'm sure the Tea Party members are proud of you.

NewsAngel: "Anyone who is a proud citizen of the United States of America should have absolutely no problem producing proof of citizenship in order to vote and be happy to do it. In fact, EVERYONE who votes should have to produce a photo ID at the polls."

I'm sure you don't believe it, and I won't convince you, but there are people who live in this country, are citizens who were born here, but they're poor, they may have been born at home and not have birth certificates, they don't drive so they don't have licenses, they don't work at jobs where you have picture IDs, they can't afford the bus or cab fare to get to an office to get an ID if they DO have the paperwork... To assume that somebody who is in such a situation is somehow less than what you consider "a proud citizen" and should not be permitted to vote is insulting. Look beyond your own neighborhood.

rasputin writes:

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baldygrandpa writes:

There was no reply asking for specific examples of none citizen voters. I wonder why? Could it be that there aren't any?

rasputin writes:

in response to TheBigTeaBagger:

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wonderful (Inactive) writes:

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They have gotten more? highly educated now, eh?

Hurry NOvember!

rasputin writes:

in response to wonderful:

They have gotten more? highly educated now, eh?

Hurry NOvember!

Can you read or write English?

lemonjello writes:

in response to staghorn:

never trust a republican©

Exactly how many times will you post this same lame tagline? Are you just an idiot?

jacktanner writes:

One or more votes change election results.

2 votes won Lehigh Acres Fire Board Seat-2 Barrett vs Haas.
http://leeelections.com/download/elhi...

http://donklipstein.com/whyvote.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vote_ear...

straighttalkinnaples writes:

in response to baldygrandpa:

There was no reply asking for specific examples of none citizen voters. I wonder why? Could it be that there aren't any?

Baldy,

Plenty of proof that non-U.S. citizens are registered to vote in Florida is provided in the other NDN story, "Nearly half of Florida's purged voters in Lee County".

The state Division of Elections says that 43 of 96 voters found in the last couple of months to be illegally registered because they're not citizens were registered in Lee County.

A felony crime occurs when the non-U.S. citizen registers to vote.

Thanks for asking!

nosebreather writes:

"No one has given us a rationale for why it hasn't been given." They told you that you needed Alien Registration Numbers to do a reliable search. By "rock solid", do you mean being the only state to try to verify citizenship in this manner, then getting into a spat with the Feds when they tell you that the database wasn't designed for this purpose in the first place? I can't believe that people are still swallowing this tripe. "We're not too far from the year 2000." Oh, you mean when the Republicans used a similar tactic to remove at least 1100 eligible voters from the rolls? Seems to me that is a much bigger issue that the 50 or so that they are now saying have voted illegally.

greathornedlizard writes:

in response to rasputin:

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really? Rick Scott is gay? I cannot picture any man who would have sex with him..well maybe his twin-Nosferatu!

beerbong writes:

in response to rasputin:

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Your comment shows extreme lack of CLASS.

HAP writes:

Can you imagine an attorney general suing our state because the Governor is trying to stop people from breaking the law? Holder can't have the ACORN dead people voting for the fraud in the White House, so he want's illegals to vote for him. They will ALL be out soon, back to their corrupt towns. Seriously, is this not material for a movie, a scary one at that.

angrytxpyr writes:

Waste of TAXPAYER money!!! Out of 5,000 they found 43 illegitimate voters!!! Come on you guys grow the -F- up will ya... Voting goes beyond a right or privilege and is closer to an obligation for every individual who is eligible. Why is the Governor making such a big deal and spending all this TAXPAYER money and wasting Court time on this "none issue"? Just do the job and fulfill your campaign promises Rick and let Ole Mitt win the election on his own merit and free of dirty little tricks. You won't need the dirty tricks if he is deserving of the job ya know, don't soil his bid for election by the jerk off political tricks your trying to pull here.

Why don't you push for a ban on Texting while Driving with the same vigor as you show trying to remove a handful of ignorant's AH I mean immigrants from the voter rolls.

Didn't Icky Rick preface this supposed purge of voters with a scoring system for Supervisor of elections, kinda like a short list of who he will attack if they don't go along with his idiocy.

Rick Scott and Barrack Obamma are nearly identical in their radical attempts to impose their will on the their respective constituents. Neither individual is worthy of a second term

Colorado (Inactive) writes:

in response to pitbull:

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With your intellect, maybe you should say nothing.

woods311 writes:

My fellow Americans:

as we approach the most important elections in our history,
and you go to the polls to excercise your sacred right to vote,
consider the possibility of a different choice, than voting for the "lessor of two evils."

That choice is "I.L.A.C."

"I lack" confidence in the promises of these candidates, "none of the above".

It is time to quit expecting the "Problem" to solve the "Problem"

I believe that there is a super majority out there that can stop the insanity.
If a "super majority" vote "I.L.A.C." on any candidates, in any race, no matter their party affiliation.
It means , to quote a Trumpisim, "You are Fired.", or "TERM" limits.

Give us "I.L.A.C," a "Fair Tax", , and a "Fully Informed Jury."

"I.L.A.C." will help elect people, who will give us the other two, with the added bonus of "TERM LIMITS".

After all the occupations, and tea parties, the only poll that counts, is the vote in November.
Let the people go to the voting booth armed with the awareness of "I.L.A.C."

I would like to see "I.L.A.C." on every ballot in the country.

It is doable, simple, and inexpensive to put a place on our ballot, so that we can vote "none of the above", "I.L.A.C.".
It can be done prior to the November 2012 elections.
Contact your election supervisor, and If the politicians or bureaucrats won't do it, write in," I.L.A.C."

"I.L.A.C." works within the system provided by our founding fathers, to change our government when needed, at the "The ballot box."

Thanks to the power of the internet the idea of "I.L.A.C.", can be spread about this different choice, and the corrupt, self serving politicians can't stop it.

I believe, that just the awareness that people are considering " I.L.A.C." will cause the politicians to be more careful when making campaign promises.
If not, we will keep sending them home until someone "GETS IT"

We are hiring people for the most important jobs in the world here.
.Thank you politician for spending all that money and supporting the economy. "NEXT".

A peaceful revolution is possible, local, state and federal, "I.L.A.C.",

If we keep doing what we have always been doing, we will keep getting what we have always been getting.

"I.L.A.C." is not a third party, it is a different choice that says "I lack" confidence in the promises of these candidates, "none of the above".

"I.L.A.C." works within the two party system, and says to the "Democratic Party" and the "Republican Party", the "party" is over.

I.L.A.C." will cause the politicians to be more careful when making campaign promises.
If not, we will keep sending them home until someone "GETS IT"

We are hiring people for the most important jobs in the world here.

.Thank you politician for spending all that money and supporting the economy. "NEXT".

BigOrangeKitty writes:

in response to sally1860:

TheBigTeaBagger: "It too bad they, minority and low-income voters get to vote anyway. uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating, wanting everything given to them because they didn't get a skill, trade or go to college like mama told em to. Now we get to foot the bill. FREE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE!!! is say. Lets just give it away! And hell yes, lets let these same minority and low-income, uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating people vote for the CEO of this country. Makes allot sense. Liberal thinking at its finest."

Are you for real?? All minorities and poor people are lazy, shiftless, uneducated dolts who don't deserve to vote? If that's really your attitude, you're beyond hope. Fortunately I don't think there are that many people as s----- as you are around in decision-making positions. At least I hope so. But I'm sure the Tea Party members are proud of you.

NewsAngel: "Anyone who is a proud citizen of the United States of America should have absolutely no problem producing proof of citizenship in order to vote and be happy to do it. In fact, EVERYONE who votes should have to produce a photo ID at the polls."

I'm sure you don't believe it, and I won't convince you, but there are people who live in this country, are citizens who were born here, but they're poor, they may have been born at home and not have birth certificates, they don't drive so they don't have licenses, they don't work at jobs where you have picture IDs, they can't afford the bus or cab fare to get to an office to get an ID if they DO have the paperwork... To assume that somebody who is in such a situation is somehow less than what you consider "a proud citizen" and should not be permitted to vote is insulting. Look beyond your own neighborhood.

It's not that difficult to get a Florida ID. Here's a link to get more info: http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/faqkeys.html

Beachglow writes:

in response to Bramble:

Rick is right on--standing his ground with the feds on this.

Unbelievable that any elections officials would allow applicants to self-declare their citizenship and eligibility to vote and not verify their answers. Do these officials also believe in the Tooth Fairy???

What other state programs are also doing this for applicants, for public assistance? housing? Medicaid?

Remember the 33 year-old Haitian attending High School in Immokalee? There was a 27 year old Mexican man enrolled in high school in Clearwater, too. He lied about his age at matriculation.

The feds have been unhelpful as they could be in this whole thing and could have cooperated and been done months ago. But nooooooooo. They'd rather sue Florida than due their jobs.

It is a huge shame what this administration is doing to this country. They send up a flag that says to all of us that we can do whatever we want regardless of the law. The people moving to this country realize and are moving here illegally by the thousands just to get on the government hand-outs. It's no wonder the middle class is suffering so badly. They're expected to support all these people with the tax dollars they don't have. If you're illegal, you have a better life than the middle class, place to live, food, education, telephones, medical care.
Maybe the middle class should just quit what jobs they have and see what the government does once they have NO money coming in to pay for all this garbage.

ROMNEY can't take hold of this country soon enough. This is the OBAMA administration doing this to us, and who in their right mind would want him re-elected? Oh, Hollywood, that's right. Bunch of nut cases.

And the OBAMA administration wants to fight laws previously created and let them vote, too. He belongs in Hollywood, fantasy joke, too.

Ruger writes:

in response to rlberkley:

How many cases of voter fraud have occurred in Florida over the past 10 years? According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the rate of voter fraud in past elections is .0004%. The Governor's actions have already reduced the number of new registrants by 20%. Seems like a bad trade off to me. Watch this video to learn more: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue...

Hey look, The Daily Show is openly campaigning for the Obama Administration and illegal aliens rights.

Shocker!!

The only people who oppose Voter ID laws are those who perpetrate & benefit from voter fraud.

CarpeVeritas writes:

This is nothing more than a post-modern witch hunt, purging from the body politic a dangerous menace: foreigners deciding our elections.

We have a long history of sensationalizing dangers from new comers. It is no coincidence that these fears arise during times of economic hardship.

Last time 'round, Florida screamed like a violated maiden about mass murderers casting a vote. How could anyone support letting a felon vote??!!!

Now it's Juan Valdez, dope-smoking, gang-banging, over breading illegal. How can anyone support letting him vote??!!!

Now, as then, the motive is to jigger the electorate in Florida.

It's fun to say if you aren't for stopping Juan, you're for illegal voting. You'd be missing the point of course. It's the legals being denied their vote that anger many.

But I'm pretty sure that the thirty some-odd percent of Floridians who support Scott know full well what is going on with this late-in-the-day voter purge.

NaplesTaco writes:

voter fraud?

The entire Republican primaries have been riddled with it.

illegals voting?

Is the proof we are riding on the people in Lee who lied during jury duty?

What about the Republican rule that only qualified people on a list can register new voters?

Newsflash !

I registered over 200 People in 2008. I went through Golden Gate, East Naples and Immokalee .. Illegal Aliens afre not interested in voting they are more interested in surviving.

I would run across them when i was knocking on doors. Their children would speak to me first and when they heard me speak spanish some would confide that they were illegal.

I always asked citizenship and sometimes explained the entire voting process. I never registered anyone who was already registered in another state or illegal.

I trained around 30 people to register voters correctly and approved all that they brought to me.

Moral of the story is ...

This is not a voting problem its a suppression problem.

The people who dont see this are blinded by party politics.

WizeOlMarco writes:

We the people of the US have a representative form of government. The legality of existence is a legal concept, not reality. How is a person represented by the government if they really exist but not in the frame of the legal rules? What moral justification exists to deny representation to real persons? Recall, the first persons to arrive in the US ignored the persons already living in the US, faced the same dillema. So, in the end it is 'might makes right' and nothing more than 'the person yielding the biggest stick makes the rules'.

FECOYLE writes:

Gov Scott, STAND YOUR GROUND!

tiedyeted writes:

The problem is the thousands of (mostly democratic voters) who won't be able to vote in November because they didn't open an envelope in June.

lemonjello writes:

in response to NaplesTaco:

voter fraud?

The entire Republican primaries have been riddled with it.

illegals voting?

Is the proof we are riding on the people in Lee who lied during jury duty?

What about the Republican rule that only qualified people on a list can register new voters?

Newsflash !

I registered over 200 People in 2008. I went through Golden Gate, East Naples and Immokalee .. Illegal Aliens afre not interested in voting they are more interested in surviving.

I would run across them when i was knocking on doors. Their children would speak to me first and when they heard me speak spanish some would confide that they were illegal.

I always asked citizenship and sometimes explained the entire voting process. I never registered anyone who was already registered in another state or illegal.

I trained around 30 people to register voters correctly and approved all that they brought to me.

Moral of the story is ...

This is not a voting problem its a suppression problem.

The people who dont see this are blinded by party politics.

How is this a supression problem? This is so simple If you are a LEGAL citizen of this country and not a felon, you can vote. What is so hard about that?

gingergirl writes:

When you hire a crook, What do you get? A crook. Rick Scott is spending taxpayer dollars on a non-issue in order to disenfranchise voters who probably would vote for President Obama. The fact is voter fraud in the State of Florida is virtually non-existent compared with the population. The voter registration laws and the ridiculous fines have caused admirable organizations like the Women League of Voters to stop their efforts. We should want everyone eligible to vote, to vote. Non-citizens may want to work here to make money and if they get sick and require treatment, we do that, because we are a humane country, and if caught, we do send them back. But I really don't think they are clammering to steal someones vote. Let's get working on creating jobs Rick.

NewsAngel writes:

in response to sally1860:

TheBigTeaBagger: "It too bad they, minority and low-income voters get to vote anyway. uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating, wanting everything given to them because they didn't get a skill, trade or go to college like mama told em to. Now we get to foot the bill. FREE HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE!!! is say. Lets just give it away! And hell yes, lets let these same minority and low-income, uneducated, lazy, non working, non tax generating people vote for the CEO of this country. Makes allot sense. Liberal thinking at its finest."

Are you for real?? All minorities and poor people are lazy, shiftless, uneducated dolts who don't deserve to vote? If that's really your attitude, you're beyond hope. Fortunately I don't think there are that many people as s----- as you are around in decision-making positions. At least I hope so. But I'm sure the Tea Party members are proud of you.

NewsAngel: "Anyone who is a proud citizen of the United States of America should have absolutely no problem producing proof of citizenship in order to vote and be happy to do it. In fact, EVERYONE who votes should have to produce a photo ID at the polls."

I'm sure you don't believe it, and I won't convince you, but there are people who live in this country, are citizens who were born here, but they're poor, they may have been born at home and not have birth certificates, they don't drive so they don't have licenses, they don't work at jobs where you have picture IDs, they can't afford the bus or cab fare to get to an office to get an ID if they DO have the paperwork... To assume that somebody who is in such a situation is somehow less than what you consider "a proud citizen" and should not be permitted to vote is insulting. Look beyond your own neighborhood.

Hmmm, then how do they get to the polling place?
To the welfare office?
To the emergency room?
To the grocery store? and on and on and on....give me a break.
It is not difficult to get a photo ID. This is just an excuse used to keep illegal voters on the rolls. I look way beyond my neighborhood every day,and not a rich neighboorhood by any means. I am actively involved in working with the poor and homeless and many other charitable organizations. If anyone would like a ride to get their photo ID...I would be happy to provide...if there is a cost..I will pay for it. Quit making excuses for people. There are no good excuses for not having a photo ID. Maybe when the volunteers round up people to take to the polling place, they could stop by and grab them a photo ID on the way.

onlythetruth writes:

in response to NewsAngel:

Anyone who is a proud citizen of the United States of America should have absolutely no problem producing proof of citizenship in order to vote and be happy to do it. In fact, EVERYONE who votes should have to produce a photo ID at the polls....we enforce security on every other level...why not the most "Sacred"??

And if you don't have a passport, how do you provide proof of citizenship? Do you have a birth certificate that you carry around with you? This purge has already uncovered a WW 2 vet who was purged from the list until he could prove his citizenship. It is an illegal attempt to rig an election by our evil governor.

whalling writes:

This email was sent by our Senator Nelson today. Dear Friends,Three minutes: that’s all it’ll take for you to listen to a speech I gave on the Senate floor this week. In essence, the speech is about the governor’s voter purge that’s making Florida a national laughing stock.But voter suppression is a serious issue. So please click on the video to watch the speech. And, you can click here to send me your thoughts, which I’ll share with the governor. Wow, Nelson says Governor Scott is out to purge the voter rolls - what would you call that? Exaggeration, lie, joke, tease?
The legislature properly passed a bill and the Governor is carrying out the intent of the bill. So our Senator attacks the Florida Governor and Legislature in front of the federal Senate. Nelson, of course, is an accomplice of Obama and Holder so his actions should not surprise us. The speech he gave to the Senate is embarrassing to me as a Floridian. What could be the reason he does not want non-citizens removed from the voter rolls??
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dragonflyfla writes:

in response to rlberkley:

How many cases of voter fraud have occurred in Florida over the past 10 years? According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the rate of voter fraud in past elections is .0004%. The Governor's actions have already reduced the number of new registrants by 20%. Seems like a bad trade off to me. Watch this video to learn more: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue...

The DailyShow????? You are getting your facts from the DailyShow????? You do realize it is comedy right?

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