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Gov. Rick Scott defends purge of voter rolls, says Homeland Security data needed

Gov. Rick Scott is spending the day holding "roundtable" discussions in various Panhandle counties, but he also answered a couple off-topic questions after his first stop of the day in Gadsden County. The Times/Herald asked the governor to comment about the Department of Justice's request that Florida stop purging voters from the roll and his response to the federal government's concerns.

Scott's answer: "We need to have fair elections. When you vote, you want to make sure that the other individuals that are voting have a right to vote. That's what I care about. If you're a candidate, you want to make sure that the people that vote in your election are people who have a right to vote. So my focus is in making sure that our state has fair elections. People who have a right to vote (can) vote. Because I don't want to disenfranchise anybody in their voting rights."

As far as the timing of the purge and why it didn't begin earlier in his tenure, Scott said, "We were waiting on the (U.S. Department of) Homeland Security database. So it just kept getting delayed. I'm responsible for the state, but my understanding is they just kept delaying it. .. There is no perfect time for doing any of these things. We just want fair elections. That's what all of us want. This is not a partisan issue."

So far, the Homeland Security Department, which manages citizenship data, has refused to share its database with Florida.

(In case you were wondering about the other folks joining Scott in the News Service of Florida's video linked above, they are State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, who represents the region, and Gadsden County Commissioner Eugene Lamb Jr.)

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TeaParty Patriot (TPP)


Holder has tried to stop the purging of voter roles of invalid registrations, even of the dead and illegals in many states, Nevada, Arizona and Missouri and Kansas to name a few.

This is one of the ways that the 0'bomb plans on stealing the november election. Watch holders minions in this Wisconsin election and see what they do to try to make Walker lose. It will be a preliminary for the national elections in November.

William Nall

Well Holder is a product of the Chicago political crowd. Where crooked elections are a time honored tradition with them. What did you expect from the current administration?

Richard Hilliard

Holder is just an Obama puppet - he will do whatever he can to ensure Obama's reelection, even if it means voter fraud at the highest level. Why do you suppose a company from France, under control of a socialist, got the contract to COUNT the 2012 elections? Election fraud is rampant under democratic rule.

Tmesh

Are you serious? The democratic party is commiting voter fraud? How about in 2004 when Jeb had a woman take a list of colored felons from Texas and compare those names with voters in Florida. If the names looked close to the same (ex: Jay Jones and Jason Jones are considered the same person when they are not) the Florida voter was purged. Do you understand? THEY COMPARED A TEXAS LIST WITH A FLORIDA LIST AND PURGED VOTERS. They purged over 7000 names in Florida that year, and Bush won Florida by 500 votes. We don't have a voter fraud problem. We have an election fraud problem.
NAME ONE LEGAL OR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT THAT HAS VOTED. You can't, because it doesnt' happen. Do you really think that a legal immigrant would jeopardize their chances of becoming a US citizen by commiting a felony? For what? One vote. You have got to be kidding me.

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