In a Quinnipiac poll of Florida voters, both Republicans, Democrats and Independents approve of purging Florida’s voter roles of non-citizens. Democrats like it less than Republicans – actually by a fairly wide and disgraceful margin. No surprise there. More Black voters disapprove than approve, BUT more Hispanic voters approve than disapprove, allbeit by a small margin.
Support for the attempted voter purges is 90 – 8 percent among Republicans and 59 – 37 percent among independent voters, while Democrats are opposed 60 – 33 percent.
But unlike the gender split on many major political issues, there is little disagreement among the sexes on the purge: Men support it 63 – 33 percent while women back it 58 – 37 percent. White voters back the purge 67 – 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 – 38 percent and Hispanic voters support it 49 – 42 percent. Read the story at Quinnipiac and Fox Nation.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing the State of Florida in an effort to stop the purge. Florida, in turn, has sued the Department of Homeland Security for denying the state access to a database that would assist in verifying citizenship. Governor Scott believes he has the right to the database and DHS is thwarting that access.
“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 Florida Secretary of State Ken 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.”
Congressman Allen West (R-FL) is blasting the Obama government for “going after sovereign states.”
Most Florida counties have backed out of Scott’s directive but two counties have continued to accept it, according to media reports. There, U.S. citizens removed from voter rolls will be given a 60-day period to respond, and after that will be able to vote using a provisional ballot…
Reached by phone, Lane Wright, the governor’s spokesman, said the Florida DMV identified 180,000 people as potential non-citizens. A “small sample” — 2,600 names — was selected for verification.
Of that number, at least 107 people have come forward to say they are not U.S. citizens, Wright said, adding that half had already voted in a prior election.
Asked Tuesday what he’d say to a woman in Central Florida whose eligibility was challenged even though she had a voting record dating back to Eisenhower’s 1956 re-election run, Scott shifted the blame to the federal government.
“What I’d say is she should be disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security didn’t do their job,” Scott said.
We have a lawless government, with the Department of Justice and Homeland Security leading the way. I applaud Governor’s Scott’s efforts to assert his state’s sovereignty.