Federal Appeals Court Says Rick Scott’s Attempt to Disenfranchise Florida Voters Was Illegal

rick-scott-11History shows us time and time again that those who seek to make it harder for people to vote are always on the wrong site of history.  One of our basic fundamental rights as American citizens is our right to vote.  I’ve always said that I don’t care what side of the political debate on which you reside, we should all oppose anyone (or group) that seeks to make it harder for people to vote.

Republicans don’t follow that same belief.  Most of them support their party’s attempts to make it harder for many Americans to vote because these laws being passed by Republican legislatures across the country mainly target voters who often vote for Democrats.

Florida Governor Rick Scott became infamous during the 2012 election for his attempts to “purge” voters from voting rolls and the ridiculously long lines many Florida voters experienced when they tried to vote.

Well, a federal appeals court has determined that Scott’s 2012 voter purge was illegal.  Though I can’t say that I’m shocked.  The fact that this scumbag seemed to be doing all he could to keep certain types of voters (specifically Democrats) from being able to vote in a key swing state just before a presidential election reeked of corruption.

The court found that Scott’s purge violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act that states:

A State shall complete, not later than 90 days prior to the date of a primary or general election for Federal office, any program the purpose of which is to systematically remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.

Except that’s exactly what Scott did in a clear attempt to purge people from voting lists hoping that this would prevent many demographics of voters who often vote for Democrats from being able to vote.  Why else would he have shortened voting times and tried so hard to purge voters from voting lists just before the 2012 election?  He clearly had an agenda – one which was ultimately found to be illegal.

But should we expect anything different?  After all, Rick Scott was the CEO of a company that was found guilty of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

I just hope that come this November, Florida voters wake up and kick this criminal out of office.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sue Roediger

    If what he did was criminal………….why isn’t he being prosecuted?

    • Eddie Krebbs

      Uh, a few possible reasons: multiple definitions of a single word ? Speaking figuratively or morally instead of literally ? While it may have involved criminal action or intent, the evidence hasn’t been found which would clear the bar set by a court of law ?

      • An Informed Citizen

        If there isn’t evidence, then why are you making these claims?

      • real_world_truth

        Take a few minutes and read the legal definition of evidence. There is plenty of evidence, just not of the type that would be admissible in a criminal case.

      • surfjac

        Take a few minutes and read about mr. scott. He’s not really a champion of justice or anything.
        Illegal procedure of this kind may result in greater scrutiny overall but it is unlikely there will be criminal charges.
        I’m sorry, you can google it your self.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    Was there any question what the constitutional outcome would be ? And how much did taxpayers spend on this case – Florida Taxpayers defending the law in court, **ALL** US Taxpayers in getting it overturned ? Too bad we can’ t send the bill directly to Scott.

    (Admittedly though, there are recent court cases where ideology seems to trump constitutionality).

  • Scaramongus

    I am so tired of this bullshit spouted by republicans, including some personal friends that continue to argue that these laws, voter ID, limiting voting hours and days are preventing voter fraud. EVERYONE, including them, knows that they it is voter suppression pure and simple. I tell my friends if they want to continue to insult their own intelligence it is fine BUT stop insulting everyone’s intelligence with these faux arguments. Wouldn’t it be a shock if anyone one of them and at least tried to be honest. I know its hard for them but I think if they try they can do it.

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    Easier to buy a gun in FL than it is to vote….smh.

  • Danny Metcalfe

    Nah, he’ll be re-elected.

    • Honponfuey

      If I feel threatened by Rick Scott’s laws isn’t ok for me to shoot him with my gun?

      • real_world_truth

        Nope, sorry, but since he’s not a black man, you won’t get anywhere using ‘Stand Your Ground’.

  • Debbie Soares

    I don’t have a problem with presenting ID at the polls, this would stop the Republicans from calling for recounts and voter fraud.. But to change the hours, days, and doing away with early voting is just trying to control the votes coming in. We fought for our rights to vote, now they want to take it away. I say they need to get burned, and every one needs to show up at the polls and demand your right to vote.

  • Diana

    I am getting tired of looking at his skeletor criminal mug. Rick Scott is nothing more than an empty headed puppet to Big Corp. Vote him out!!

    • Jane Doe

      he’s Voldemort

  • Jane Doe

    this dude looks like Voldemort