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Federal Judge throws out Florida voting law

It is less than six weeks till the day Florida's Presidential primary takes place. From the Miami Herald-

TALLAHASSEE -- A federal judge ordered state election officials to stop enforcing a 2-year-old voter registration law, ruling Tuesday that there is already proof that the change put in place by the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature has resulted in ``actual harm to real individuals.''

About 14,000 people have not been able to register because of Florida's ''no match'' law that requires a citizen's name on a voter registration form be matched with a Social Security number or driver's license number. The law has been challenged by the NAACP and other groups that say the law unfairly blocks blacks and Hispanics from being able to register to vote.

Many of those who had their registration rejected since January 2006 when the law took effect are from South Florida. The groups that filed the lawsuit told the court that 35 percent are from Miami-Dade County and 8 percent from Broward.

U.S. District Judge Stephan Mickle rejected arguments from the state that the law is needed to deter possible voter fraud, pointing out that the state has not been able to prove that the 14,000 voters now in limbo engaged in voter fraud. He said the requirements put in place by Florida lawmakers apper to conflict with federal voting rights laws.

''The disenfranchisement, however unintentional, causes damage to the election system that cannot be repaired after the election has passed,'' Mickle wrote in the order.

My reply would be- The same could be said for people who voted who weren't allowed to, for whatever reason it may be. Damage done by these voters can't be undone afterwards either.

Why didn't the 14,000 names match? How about the Miami Herald telling us what reason was given by the State of Florida gave? I'm not naive enough to think some people are wrongly on the list, but I refuse to automatically buy the canned discrimination challenge of the NAACP. There has to be a reason people didn't match.

You don't have to say illegal aliens to this Florida resident resident of 31 years. I'm well aware of the demographics down here, but that can't be every single one of the 14,000. If Florida can screw emergency food stamps for thousands of Floridians after Hurricane Wilma, namely not mailing them out in a timely fashion, they can screw up the matching process for people registering to vote too.


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If these people can't get t... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

If these people can't get the proper documentation for such a simple law together, then they don't deserve the priveldge fo voting!

"There has to be a reason p... (Below threshold)
Larry Sheldon:

"There has to be a reason people didn't match."

Ummmm....Lemmee just make a wild guess......

The "matching" was done with computer programs, data entry, and Florida bureaucrats?

Nah, probably evil neocons.

Hmmm . . . appointed to the... (Below threshold)

Hmmm . . . appointed to the federal bench in 1998 by President Clinton.

Elections matter.

I love these stories.<br /... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

I love these stories.
1. I did not know that Blacks and Hispanics could not obtain SS cards.
2. Where is the racial breakdown to say that it it targets people.

Lots of things are stated many are implied but but their so few facts.

What was the judges decision based on, did they even consider research?

Ah yes, the Florida courts.... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

Ah yes, the Florida courts. (And yes, I realize this is a federal judge.) Is it federal judges appointed by Dem/Clinton that are the problem or could it be something in the Florida water or air that does this? Any significance to the fact that Hillary is running?

The main question I'd have ... (Below threshold)
Skip:

The main question I'd have here is "what recourse does someone have if their names don't match, but should have?" IE, what's the process for getting this fixed. In general I think laws like this are ok, but I have very little problem believing that a government agency screwed this up.

Most of the Hispanics in Fl... (Below threshold)
Just John:

Most of the Hispanics in Florida are either Puerto Rican or Cuban. The Puerto Ricans are citizens, and extremely legal. The Cubans are legal IF they got here with "dry feet".

SS cards issued in Puerto Rico include their matrynomic (mother's maiden name), which is required on the island , but does wreak havoc on computers that can't tell where to start and end the last name.

There is indeed a real stor... (Below threshold)
Billll Author Profile Page:

There is indeed a real story here, provided the Miami Hearld is willing to look into this. Who, exactly, are these people anyway?
Undocumented constituents?
Migrant voters?
The metabolically challenged?

If the dems can't cheat, th... (Below threshold)
Jo:

If the dems can't cheat, the dems can't win. They know it. We all know it.

I question the timing, the ... (Below threshold)

I question the timing, the tactics and those involved.

"We think it's a big win for the voters of Florida who have one fewer administrative hurdle and bureaucratic barrier in their way,"

Yeah. Let's remove all barriers (read: anything that proves you're a citizen - anything at all) and let everyone vote.

BTW, who will the Herald endorse? Wait, let me guess; a Democrat.

Just John: The "dry feet" Cubans may legally be here, but not necessarily be legal to vote.

I say revoke the voting rights of all New Englanders who moved here after voting Democrat in their home states and then running from the mess and high taxes they caused there. Nearly every Massachusetts and New York transplant I've met here voted Democrat up there and then ran to Florida to escape the taxes. My uber-liberal brother is one of them. He still doesn't get it.

sounds like a lib,make a me... (Below threshold)
tj:

sounds like a lib,make a mess of things,then say it wasnt me and run like hell to another place and start over.

THis has to be a joke.... (Below threshold)
Chris:

THis has to be a joke.

So does this make it legal to OUTSOURCE VOTING!!!

I thought this was America????




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