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Rick Scott Broke Federal Law With His Botched 2012 "Voter Purge," Court Rules

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A few months before the 2012 presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott sold a massive voter purge as a way to eliminate hundreds of "non-citizens" who were supposedly threatening democracy. Instead, the effort was a xenophobic joke. In Miami alone, hundreds of mostly Latino voters were forced to prove their citizenship just to be able to cast a ballot, including one man who'd earned a Bronze Star fighting in World War II's Battle of the Bulge.

Scott's real motivation was always baldly obvious: Suppressing Democratic turnout for the Obama-Romney race. And now a federal appeals court has agreed. In a stinging 32-page opinion, the three-judge panel says Scott broke federal law.

See also: New Voting Laws Could Take Out Barack Obama This Fall

The ruling by Atlanta's 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals leans on a federal law barring any "systemic" removal of voters within 90 days of a federal election.

The panel found 2-1 that that's exactly what Scott's administration did in 2012, with Judge Adalberto Jordan, a UM law school grad and Cuban immigrant, casting the deciding vote.

The purge, you might recall, was just the latest in a harebrained and legally dubious run of schemes by the Scott administration to try to help the GOP win Florida's crucial swing state electoral votes in 2012.

First, he chopped down on early voting days, which tend to help left-leaning, less affluent voters who have less work flexibility to vote on Election Day. Then he imposed onerous new rules on voter registration groups. He even eliminated early voting on the Sunday before Election Day -- a day significant because for years it's been when traditionally black churches led their congregations to the polls.

The voting purge ended up being even more absurd. The effort was supposedly set in motion to remove thousands of illegal voters by comparing DMV databases with state voting rolls. More than 300 voters in Miami-Dade were ruled in ineligible.

Only problem was, the DMV's information was outdated and the vast majority were legal voters, like Karla Arcia and Melande Antoine, naturalized citizens from Nicaragua and Haiti respectively who ended up the lead plaintiffs on the federal challenge to Scott's purge.

The first court that heard their claim ruled in Scott's favor, but this morning's decision overturns that verdict. Scott's office released a statement that they "are reviewing the decision."

Here's the verdict:

Appeals Ruling

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17 comments
Wally Conger
Wally Conger

It really doesn't matter now...the damage is done, he got his way, he knew he would. That's how re-pukes are...all scum.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................didn't matter because FLORIDA didn't matter in the 2012 presidential election - romney conceeded BEFORE the state of FLORIDA reported its vote

once OHIO went oBaMa that race was over = period

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Florida is too corrupt good luck keeping republicans out of office here lol

bigfoot
bigfoot

Big surprise that the two judges appointed by Obama decided against Scott. 


Only Democrats would have a problem with voters having to prove their citizenship: “hundreds of mostly Latino voters were forced to prove their citizenship just to be able to cast a ballot” 


Big freakin’ deal.



Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

Florida needs to stop voting Republicans into office.

bigfoot
bigfoot

Judge Adalberto Jordan


March 2006 – With state courts repeatedly affirming his conviction and sentence, Knight’s lawyers appeal to a Miami federal judge.

November 2012 – Six years after the appeal was first filed, Miami U.S. Judge Adalberto Jordan reverses Knight’s death sentence. He orders a new sentencing hearing or life sentences for the convict.

September 2013 – A federal appeals court reverses Judge Jordan, reinstating the death penalty for Knight. “To learn about the gridlock and inefficiency of death penalty litigation, look no further than this appeal,” the court writes.

Orlando And-Lady Raven
Orlando And-Lady Raven

OK Great, so what does it all lead to? Is he going to jail? Will he be impeached? Etc... How will he punished, will he? That is what I care about....

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

If this keeps up we are all going to be smoking marijuana

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

He ran a company that owned a chain of hospitals allegedly engaged in Medicare fraud, and the chief counsel becomes Attorney General. He tries to hide his ownership of a chain of urgent care centers by putting his wife down as head of the firm. And he tries to limit the ability to vote by Hispanic, Caribbean, and black voters...even though many Hispanics are Republicans. Sounds like he wants to return to the era of states' rights.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Keep repeating the Democratic Party mantra.


Vote Early!  Vote Often!

Lynxx3
Lynxx3

Rick Scott has fleeced Medicare, and gotten off 'scott free!'  For the voting debacle, he should be thrown in jail where he belongs..

bigfoot
bigfoot

You mean like squeaky clean Illinois? Virtually no Republicans there.

bigfoot
bigfoot

Thanks to Scott, Florida’s unemployment rate is no longer at 11%. And I think he just issued a $400,000,000 tax break after inheriting a multi-billion dollar deficit. Not many Democrat governors can claim this…or any, for that matter.

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