In recent weeks, my home state of Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, has embarked on a massive voter purge to combat undocumented citizens from casting a vote in this years election cycle. In this case, the missing document is a voter registration card with a Republican Party affiliation.
Under the guise of ridding the voting booth of non-citizens, Scott has attempted to purge hundreds of U.S. citizens from the voting ranks. What these citizens all have in common are their tendency to cast a vote for the Democrat Party.
Victims of the Florida Inquisition have been disproportionately hispanic, accounting for 58% of the targeted voters. It seems that the Scott Administration has been working night and day to turn the latino vote into another Florida relic alongside Cape Canaveral. If Scott were to have his way, the only time a hispanic would be seen voting in the state of Florida would be as a stand alone informational display at Epcot center’s World Showcase.
The purge has even gone so far as to target Florida’s World War II veterans. What better way to honor the great generation who stormed Omaha beach and climbed the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc for our rights and freedoms than to strip them of theirs? Scott couldn’t think of one. I would like to think someone in the Scott Administration had suggested that they at least send the veterans an edible arrangement or novelty toilet paper from Spencer’s Gifts, but Scott nixed that idea as fiscally irresponsible.
Naturally Scott’s undertaking has not been met with open arms, bringing the U.S. Justice Department into the fray just in time to stop the Scott Administration from using the strappado on his constituency. The DOJ has demanded that Scott cease his purging on the grounds that it violates the Voting Rights Act. Putting an even bigger thorn in his side, All 67 of Florida’s Election Supervisors have gone against Scott and suspended the purge.
While this seems like another case of Florida handling the electoral process with the grace of a rhino on bath salts, it is not an isolated incident. It was recently reported that over the past 2 years, Texas has attempted to purge 300,000 voters from the rolls and Wisconsin has used a year old voter i.d. law to keep thousands of students from voting in the recall election. If elected officials spent as much time winning the hearts of their constituency as they did trying to keep them at home on voting day, they might actually be able to gain back their seat without going through the rigmarole of gaming the election.