Skip to comments.Court: 2012 Fla. voter purge was illegal
Posted on 04/02/2014 5:59:43 AM PDT by GIdget2004
TALLAHASSEE -- A voter purge by Secretary of State Ken Detzner in 2012 violated the law, a federal appeals court ruled today in the most recent episode of a heated legal battle over the program and its possible successor.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments from Detzner that the effort to remove suspected non-citizens from the voting rolls did not violate a federal law barring wide-ranging efforts to cleanse those rolls within 90 days of an election. In the 2-1 ruling, justices also said they took a case that would otherwise be moot because of the possibility that the state will attempt another purge in the future.
The fact that the provision now before us applies to any program strongly suggests that Congress intended the 90 Day Provision to encompass programs of any kind, including a program like Secretary Detzners to remove non-citizens, Circuit Judge Beverly Martin wrote for the court.
The ruling was a limited victory for a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups and voters who said they faced the possibility of being wrongly removed from the rolls. While the state would be justified in attempting to prevent non-citizens from voting, a sweeping effort like Detzners --- pushed by Gov. Rick Scott --- couldnt be done so close to an election under the National Voter Registration Act, the judges said.
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What federal law did it violate?
I think states would do better to add a penelity phase if you illegally register yourself as a voter, and are found to be a non-citizen. I’d suggest a “finders fee” of $5,000...payable by the county itself for allowing the person to register. The local county commission would suddenly get real interested in their method of operation.
Limited ruling. That Rick Scott did it within 90 days of an election speaks to his lack of political savvy and perhaps general incompetence. Optics matter, and by doing this, Scott appears to be, unusually among politicians, an autist.
Hey, thanks for the opinion. We’ll be sure to put all the names back...after November.
Leading up to the election, the Dims scheduled primaries and run-offs so that there was no window long enough to perform the purge.
Ah, what’s a little Florida Calvinball among friends.
And so yes, it ought to have commenced sooner. Still.
Obama-appointee, Lesbian. Continuing America's slide down to Third World status, by design.
Tricky little scheme, as usual
The court protects the rights of the voting illegals, felons, and dead because they vote Democrat.
One would think a Federal judge sworn to uphold the Constitution would err against election fraud. But this involves the Motor Voter law — which was DESIGNED to increase voter fraud. Clinton appointed this criminal judge, and Obama elevated her to a lifetime post.
I think all the current voter roles need to be scrapped and everyone required to re-register. Just too many demographic changes have occurred over the years and I would suspect that these data bases, like others such as the one for Social Security, have a whole lot of garbage and incorrect information in them.
” Clinton appointed this criminal judge, and Obama elevated her to a lifetime post.”
Clinton appointed her to a lifetime post.
Just for the record, "purge" in this context is a word with negative connotations invented by the Democrats and their lapdog media.
The National Voter Registration Act, which only applies to elections for federal office.
What federal law did it violate?
She violated the law that the judges made up at the trial.
If there are two federal elections in any year then the purge is void for good.
We must ALWAYS fight Vote Fraud!
NEVER give up that fight!
You are correct. I should have said “prudent maintenance” rather than purge.
The real problem is the GOP won’t come up with more positive language to counteract what the Democrats are doing.
The finder’s fee is a nice idea.
I’d also require mandatory deportation—whether or not the immigrant is otherwise here legally—with a great big warning of such on every single voter registration form and polling site in the country.
It’s a bad rule, since those 90 days prior to the election are when the Democrats are going to be registering fake voters, illegals, felons, etc, full tilt.
So, I don’t know, is it better to work around a bad rule and possibly lose the election, or flout the bad rule and possibly win?
Aren't most of his appointees?
They just need to get it done 90 days before the election.
A good ruling. People should have more than 90 days to argue that they should not have been removed... otherwise, Obama removes every registered Republican in late OCT.
Which means the GOP in every state had better be working their tails off to do something before August this year!