Florida has drawn a line in the sand which must be adopted by every state against an Attorney General and administration which is increasingly abusing and distorting the law to stop efforts to keep illegal voters away from the polls this November.
The Department of Justice this week demanded that Florida immediately cease its current massive purge of non-citizens and dead persons from its voter rolls, absurdly citing the outdated and outmoded Voting Rights Act of 1965. Well, now Florida has refused, saying it will not give up its efforts to make sure only legal citizens can vote.
…Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Two weeks ago, Florida found 53,000 dead people registered to vote, and removed them from the rolls. In addition, Florida has discovered a staggering 186,000 potential non-citizens who are registered to vote may have voted, and worked furiously to investigate, remove them, and prosecute those who have voted.
So far, Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner has identified 2,700 of these non-citizens, and forwarded them to the counties in which the reside. Hispanics account for 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens, a Miami Herald analysis found, and most of those exposed appear to be illegal aliens.
And, despite what critics of voter ID laws always say – that voter fraud is not an issue – the numbers of voters amongst non-citizens exposed is quite alarming: Of the more than 1,600 non-citizens exposed in Miami-Dade, about 65 percent have cast ballots. About 72 percent have cast ballots of the 262 identified in Broward.
Florida officials even requested data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help them determine which potential voters were non-citizens.
So, of course the “Department of Justice” sprung into action to make sure that the sacrosanct right to vote was not being corrupted by thousands of ineligible voters… right?
Not on your life. The race-obsessed Department of “Just Us” did what it has always done since January 20, 2009: stop any and all efforts to keep illegal voters from the polls. So the same Obama DOJ, which has already, unlawfully, blocked Voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to stop an effort to keep illegal aliens from voting in Arizona, was not about to let Florida enforce the laws to keep the voter rolls clean.
If there are illegal aliens and dead people – nearly all “minorities” and Democrats – voting, the DOJ will make sure they keep on doing exactly that. In a letter issued late Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., who leads the Justice Department voting section, demanded that Florida immediately put a stop to the purge, telling Detzner that the state’s plan to review the status of the 2,600 suspected non-citizens and purge them if the voters fail to prove citizenship appears to violate the infamous “Section 5 ” of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (which still allows the DOJ to obstruct electoral activities of states which had race issues 50 years ago!) and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the infamous vote fraud magnet also known as “Motor Voter”).
Florida’s response? No way…
“We have an obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate and we are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure that ineligible voters cannot vote,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for Detzner. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot. We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate.”
Now the battle really begins. Some Democrat-controlled counties are saying they will obey the DOJ and cease their part in the purge. But that won’t last long, as Florida law gives the Secretary of State the final say on these matters. And the law is on Florida’s side, as the statutes allowing the purge have already been pre-cleared. And, as PJ Tatler said, “if Section 5 allows the Attorney General to stop states from ensuring that citizens of foreign countries don’t vote for President, I doubt Holder will find much support on the Supreme Court.”
So kudos to Gov. Rick Scott, SoS Detzner and the state of Florida for taking the Washington corruptocrats head-on, as Arizona did (and won). Now it’s time for Texas, South Carolina and other states to do the same. Say NO to embattled A.G. Holder and this Administration’s disgraceful attempt to undermine the rule of law and enable massive voter fraud.