A while back Vivian wrote a blog about the registration problems that were happening in Florida that made groups like the League of Women Voters stop registering students and other groups.This month Florida lost that fight. The League of Women Voters said they are ready to resume their interrupted registration efforts just days after winning a federal injunction against Florida.The League of Women Voters of Florida have started going back to registering citizens and encouraging voters to educate themselves on their government and to vote.
This month the League of Women Voters had their national meeting in Washington DC. With around 700 delegates coming to vote on issues representing the various local leagues and state leagues across the country. During the convention the US Attorney General Eric Holder stopped by to address the group and specifically the legal battle in Florida over the focus on restricting voters rights. He wanted to thank the League of Women Voters for their fight for over 90 years. Specifically the goal “to ensure that all eligible citizens have access to the ballot box, and to uphold this country’s founding and enduring promise of “government of, by, and for the people.” “. His whole address is here.
Now Florida having lost that battle is now trying to purge their voter list within 90 days of an election. This time it is the Department of Justice who is suing Florida. Florida current laws require the 90 days so if someone was to be purged they had enough time to be notified and still come in and prove they are allowed to vote and stay on the list. Normally purging happens in states because people may move, die and also many convicted felons are no longer allowed to vote in some states. However, Florida is focusing on 182,000 voters who it said might not be citizens. Now I have never lived in Florida and maybe their registrations requirements are almost non-existent. However, I have lived/voted in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia and I always had to show the proper id’s to be able to register to vote. So I don’t know how Florida is getting all these supposed non-citizen voters. A lawyer for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections found that most people on the list who had been contacted so far were legal voters. An article from the New York Times did say they had identified 85 voters who were registered illegally. They did not say they were non-residents but still how did the 85 slip though. Florida might want to consider looking at that instead of tossing out the other 181,915 who are on their list who are legal voters.
Regardless of that fact Florida has a law that they are bound by. If they want to change the voter laws they have to pass the new law and submit it to the Department of Justice for approval. Of course that would take more than 90 days and they are specifically trying to ignore this law for the upcoming election. I have to admit when I first read this I thought of some laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly that I would like to “just ignore”. However, we have elected officials to vote on laws for a reason. We can’t just ignore the laws we just don’t like. I am pretty sure if a Virginia Highway Patrolman were to arrest me for breaking a law the excuse that “I thought it was just a suggestion” would not work.