-By Leonard Pitts Jr.
June 2, 2012- Bill Internicola had to show his papers.
He received a letter last month from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections informing him the office had “information from the state of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however, you are registered to vote.” So Internicola had to prove he is an American. He sent the county a copy of his Army discharge papers.
Internicola is 91 years old. He was born in Brooklyn. He is a veteran of the Second World War. He earned a Bronze Star for his part in the Battle of the Bulge. Yet he was required to prove to a county functionary that he is entitled to vote in an American election.
-By Deborah Montesano
June 2, 2012- Now that the U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the state to cease purging its voter rolls, Florida elections supervisors agree. In April, the state gave a list of suspected ineligible voters to county officials, but the 67 county election supervisors found so many mistakes with it that the scrub was undo-able. “There are just too many variables with this entire process at this time for supervisors to continue,” said Vicki Davis, president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.
On Friday, the association’s general counsel Ron Labasky, told the supervisors to stop processing the list. “I recommend that Supervisors of Elections cease any further action until the issues raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court,” Labasky wrote.
-By Judd Legum
June 2, 2012- On Thursday, the Justice Department demanded Florida Governor Rick Scott end his extensive purge of registered voters from the rolls because it was in violation of federal law. Scott still hasn’t formally responded but his county election supervisors have already taken action.
The Palm Beach Post reports:
Florida elections supervisors said Friday they will discontinue a state-directed effort to remove names from county voter rolls because they believe the state data is flawed and because the U.S. Department of Justice has said the process violates federal voting laws…
-By Eric W. Dolan
May 30, 2012– Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Wednesday that the Founding Fathers of the United States would not have supported the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United.
“Money is destroying our politics and our political system,” he said in a video uploaded to YouTube. “Our electoral system has become such a joke that two late-night comedians created their own Super PAC and generated great laughter just by showing how one operates.”
The ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment, because political contributions were a form of political speech and corporations were legally persons. The ruling gave rise to Super PACS, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to influence federal elections.
“This would have staggered our Founding Fathers,” Kucinich said.
May 31, 2012- The Department of Justice demanded that Florida stop purging its voter rolls, Talking Points Memo reported Thursday.
In a letter sent to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the Justice Department ordered the state to end the practice because it has not been approved under the Voting Rights Act. Additionally, the DOJ said the purge violated the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to complete changes to their registration rolls 90 days in advance of an election. Since Florida's primary is on August 14, all maintenance should have been completed by May 14.
In recent weeks, the state has identified as many as 180,000 potential noncitizens that will be vetted and possibly removed from voter registration rolls. The practice sparked controversy when a Miami Herald analysis revealed that Hispanic, Democratic and Independent voters are more likely to be on the list. In fact, 58 percent of those identified as potential noncitizens are Hispanic, according to the Herald's review.
Florida Democrats pushed back on the practice earlier this week, calling on Gov. Rick Scott to end the purge.