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Tellingly, Florida also has a problem with dead voters. 53,000 of them were discovered when the state compared voter rolls to federal Social Security files for the first time — due to the passage of a “controversial” election law by the GOP-controlled legislature. Previous effort to pass such legislation had failed. Adams notes that Florida is hardly alone. New Mexico, Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and other states also have “corrupted voter rolls.”
In a column for PJ Media Adams explains why. “In November 2009, the entire Voting Section was invited to a meeting with Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes…to discuss Motor Voter enforcement decisions. The room was packed with dozens of Voting Section employees when she made her announcement regarding the provisions related to voter list integrity: ‘We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law. It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.’”
None of this matters to The Miami Herald, which has sought to frame the issue in terms of race. They note that “two-thirds of the potential noncitizen matches so far have been in Miami-Dade, the state’s largest county with the biggest immigrant population,” and that “58% of those identified as potential noncitizens are Hispanics” even as they comprise “13 percent of the overall 11.3 million active registered voters.” Yet even the Herald is forced to admit that of “the roughly 1,600 potential noncitizens in Miami-Dade furnished to The Miami Herald, about 65 percent have cast ballots. About 72 percent have cast ballots of the 262 identified in Broward. And about 30 percent of the 115 identified in Palm Beach County have voted in the past.
Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project, a Washington-based voting rights advocacy group that urged the DOJ to conduct the Florida investigation, claims State Secretary Detzner is being “recalcitrant” and should “just quit” his attempt to clean up Florida’s voting rolls. She also contends that while the National Voter Registration Act requires states to make every effort to monitor and maintain accurate voter rolls, such efforts must begin 90 days prior to a federal election. Since Florida voters will vote in a primary on Aug. 14 that includes candidates seeking congressional seats, she contends they’ve missed the deadline. Florida officials counter that the Obama administration has stonewalled the state’s noncitizen voter hunt for nine months.
The latter statement is consistent with Adams’ testimony regarding the DOJ’s ideologically-inspired indifference towards cleaning up state voter rolls. It is also consistent with Attorney General Eric Holder’s ongoing efforts, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and ACLU attorneys, to brief black preachers on how to participate in the 2012 election, while maintaining their 501c3 tax exempt status for religious institutions.
In an interview with MSNBC Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) illuminated the transparently leftist agenda of these efforts. “We’re going to talk about some of the draconian laws that have cropped up around the country as a result of the 17 percent increase in African American votes,” Cleaver said. He further described voter ID laws as a form of Jim Crow-style “poll tax” on seniors and black voters, and characterized the preachers’ participation as a “theological responsibility to participate in the political process.”
Part of that process ought to be an acknowledgment of the law. Voter ID laws were upheld in a 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court in 2008 with liberal Justice John Paul Stevens writing that voter ID “is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting ‘the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.” Despite this ruling, Eric Holder has blocked the implementation of voter ID laws in both Texas and South Carolina.
Threatening Florida for its efforts to update it voter rolls is nothing more than the latest tactic instigated by the DOJ to maintain potentially ineligible voters in the mix for the 2012 election. That the DHS would deny Florida the most up-to-date information to aid its efforts, even as the DOJ accuses the state of inaccurate purging, reeks of political collusion. Seventy percent of Americans, including 52 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of independents and 87 percent of Republicans support voter ID laws. Purging state voter rolls of ineligible voters is equally critical for maintaining the integrity of the election process. Those who would undermine that integrity under the false banners of racism and/or disenfranchisement are shameless charlatans.
Add this latest effort to a long list of reasons why Attorney General Eric Holder should resign — and why the next head of the DOJ should do a thorough housecleaning of that ideologically compromised department.
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