History 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.