Republicans Trying To Cheat In Florida Again

Ken AshfordElection 2004Leave a Comment

Well, it worked in the 2000 election, so why not try again?

More than 2,100 Florida voters — many of them black Democrats — could be wrongly barred from voting in November because Tallahassee elections officials included them on a list of felons potentially ineligible to vote, a Herald investigation has found. A Florida Division of Elections database lists more than 47,000 people the department said may be ineligible to vote because of felony records. The state is directing local elections offices to check the list and scrub felons from voter rolls. But a Herald review shows that at least 2,119 of those names — including 547 in South Florida — shouldn’t be on the list because their rights to vote were formally restored through the state’s clemency process. That’s a potentially jarring flaw, critics say, in a state that turned the 2000 presidential election to Gov. Jeb Bush’s brother George on the narrowest of margins — 537 votes.

Oh, Lord. I hate reruns!