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Friday, October 28, 2016

First of all, it’s not really a purge.

Purges are organized, thorough and ruthlessly efficient.

Bumble-fest is a more precise term for Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to cull non-citizens from the voter rolls.

Things are so confused that only two counties in Florida are fully participating in the governor’s plan. The others are holding back because officials don’t trust the accuracy of the list of suspected non-citizen voters.

It’s no wonder why. The first list had 182,000 names and was wildly flawed. A second list, revised by the elections division, targeted almost 25,000 possible voters.

Kurt Browning, a former Pasco County elections supervisor who was Florida’s secretary of state, had zero confidence in the second list. Browning is now gone from office, but a third list of suspected non-citizens endures. This one includes about 2,700 people — a molecule in a bucket, considering that Florida has 11.3 million registered voters.

Yet the state still can’t get it right.

Witness the incredibly embarrassing case of Bill Internicola, a Broward County resident who was born in the good old U.S.A. and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Oops, Internicola was on the list. And he was rightfully upset, so upset that he attended a press conference to talk about it.

Challenging a decorated war veteran’s right to vote was a rather poor P.R. moment, and Internicola became a worst-case nightmare for Scott and other Republicans who’ve been working to “clean up” the voter rolls in time for the November elections.

Already they’ve cut back early voting hours and cracked down on voter-registration drives in order to lower the participation of students and minorities, who tend to vote Democrat.

Florida being a key state — possibly the key state in the presidential race — the GOP dreads a repeat of 2008, when an enthusiastic turnout of black and Hispanic voters helped Barack Obama win. So nobody was terribly shocked when The Miami Herald reported that 87 percent of those on the state’s purge list are minorities.

That’s the whole idea!

The governor says no, that it’s all about maintaining the integrity of Florida’s elections. (Please stop laughing right now.)

Almost everyone agrees that only Americans should vote in American elections, but there’s no evidence that waves of unnaturalized immigrants are swamping the polls. Election scandals in Florida traditionally involve dubious absentee ballots, or (as we all remember from 2000) dubious counting.

Occasionally a dead person in Miami will vote, but it’s almost always a dead person who was lawfully registered before he or she expired.

The governor himself should know how untrustworthy the electoral databases can be. In 2006, he was mistakenly declared dead while he was very much alive in Naples, and had to file provisional ballots in two elections.

  • EdC

    Rirst Hiasson is a fantastic author, read his books. second it is pretty obivious that Scott is definatly trying to surpress the vote. Voter fraud is less then a one percent even in Florida, and who was caught was a Republican. The question is are we sure that Scott isn’t brain dead.

    • davidfishman2001

      I think with 95% cofidence level that he is brain dead.

      • EdC

        Thank you

    • Beware America! We’ve been invaded by those surpressionistic Austerity loving knuckleheads who would love to replace our freedoms with slave wages, no more free speech or thoughts. Wow! Beware of who you wish to be in charge. You think some things are bad now! Let ole McLiarliar Von Pants on Fire Romney into our mists and you can kiss the Constitution and the freedoms we take for granted goodby!

  • 101strac

    No matter how you look at it, it still comes down to republican panic.

    • KatMan

      Careful, the last time they panicked it took another 86 days to free the hostages from Iran and before that there was the Watergate fiasco but those pail before the desperate days of panic in Novemebr of 63. Panic doesn’t work well for the republicans any more than loyalty as their “real” American heritage is supposed be.

  • RoseDrew

    Carl Hiaasen: the person I’d like most as a next door neighbor, who could occasionally lean over the fence, can of beer in hand, and make me laugh. Til I cried. Cos most of what he says is hilarious and yet so accurate!!!

  • Voter suppression is the republican way of winning. Bunch of dishonest crooks Scott and company. Vote democratic and preserve voting intergity.

    • Purging the rolls of ILLEGAL ALIENS and FELONS is not voter suppression . It means havein a fair legal election rather then letting the Dems , Eric Holder , The Black Panthers , Acorn and 500 people named Mickey Mouse Illegally vote for Obozo ..Bozo

      • ijac234

        Michael I agree with you that illegals and felons should not vote,however Florida has had people whose names sounding like the above who are ledally approved to vote purged from the list.I myself was purged in 2000 when I lived in Tallahassee,and I am a vet and was born in the USA.

    • Blind lockstep liberals….!!!

  • Carl, Carl, Carl: You need to include this abortion in *YOUR* next novel!

  • More like a modern version of tea baggers, tea evangelists and other GOP crazies to turn this country into a NEO NAZI FASCIST THEOCRACY state.

    • 13observer

      It is better than turning our country into a poor farm giving rights and welfarw to anyone who come along. What about enforcing our laws, Constitution or are you the communist I think you are?

      • Harry1942

        13observer, what an idiot you must be. Probably only watch Fox and attend Tea parties. Those rights you complain about others having are also given to you. I assume your real objection is to others being given the same rights. As to “welfarw”, I assume you are like the majority of current day Republicans who feel there is no obligation, moral or otherwise, to help those who cannot help themselves. Very interesting how you people usually call yourselves “Christian” or “Evangelical.” You must have a Bible different than mine.

      • William Deutschlander

        Your lack of charachter and inteligence is overwhelming, you must be a GENERATIONAL REPUBLICAN incapable of reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anything the tea baggers are for, we should be against. That’s the way they are.

      • Johntheoldguy

        Turning our country into a NEO NAZI FASCIST THEOCRACY is not better than anything. That’s what they have in Iran.

        Anyone who disagrees with you is a Commie, so I must be a super Commie, because folks like you scare me to death.

      • oldtack

        I am writing what you placed on this forum starting with the word giving in your first sentence. … rights and welfarw to anyone who come along . What about enforcing our laws, Constitution or are are you the communist I think you are?

        With your readily apparent lack of intelligence You probably see nothing wrong with your statement but I have problems with it. First, what is welfarw? Second, the third sentence is totally fragmented. You started with a statement then in the middle you switched to a question. Bad sentence structure. You quoted Constitution with no clarifying statement. Have you read the Constitution? Have you read and if so do you understand all of the amendments to the Constitution?

        With your diatribe you did make one thing clear. It is very clear to all others on this forum that you are a right wing nut job idiot.

        Go have a nice day with your paranoid RWN idiot friends.

      • metrognome3830

        Could you cite the law that allows the governor to kick anyone who doesn’t vote the way the gov. likes, off the voter roles? Or are you the right-wing looney I think you are?

  • lmmd

    if only scott would resign!

  • Thank you Carl!

  • ARepublicanNorthlandGrad

    Rick Scott was declared dead, maybe he is still brain dead.

  • 13observer

    Why not let 100 million so-called “IMMIGRANTS” with few or no skills in our country every year? Surely if 12 million are so great for our economy…why not 100 million a year? You smart guys & gals please respond immediately.

    • Colorado15

      what does that have to do with trying to kick legitimate US citizens off the voting rolls. I’m guessing you would be pretty ticked off if someone came to your door demanding you prove you’re a US citizen.

    • CPANY

      I think that we should:

      Round up all of the illegals and put them in work camps.
      Prosecute the business owners who hire illegals off the books.
      Deport the illegals and the convicted business owners to some really crappy third world hellhole. If they return to the United States, throw them in Guantanamo for the rest of their lives. How do we identify them? Brand them across the face when they’re first deported.

      • frivolous01

        Better yet why don’t we just put numbers on their arms and house them in concentration camps.

        • CPANY

          Interesting that your “name” is “frivolous01.”

        • MsJoanne

          Isn’t that what he just described? Sure sounded that way to me.

          We’re Commies for loving our neighbors while he proscribes Nazi tactics. Wow.

          • frivolous01

            Exactly, these immigrants are just trying to find a better life for their families and this guy wants to ‘brand them’…wow, that’s really evolved.

    • I like your thinking, way don’t we put the people in jail who hire them, case settled.

    • metrognome3830

      13observer: There is an old saying that goes thus: “It is better to keep silent and let people think you’re stupid than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Just a suggestion for you. You are, of course, free to do as you wish. Being stupid isn’t against the law.

  • s27458

    I can’t believe that this a–hole is actually a governor. Even in the stupid state of FL he goes above and beyond. Perhaps, we should give all the states that wanted to secede from the union in 1860 permission to do so now. We could get rid of a lot of morons in one fell swoop and save the Federal government a lot of money to boot as most of these states take back more revenue from the Federal government then they provide

    • MsJoanne

      Well, we see that Carl Haaisen never has to worry about material for his brilliant books (which I miss…please write more Carl). I’d say only in FL, but it’s more only in a state governed by Republicans.

  • tampajim

    The election was won by the slimmest of majorities, Scott governs as if he won by as landslde. He is ineffective, incoherent and an emabrrassment to the 11 million Floridans he represents.

    • frivolous01

      I totally agree. It’s even worse if you work for the State of Florida and have to be careful what you say about him and try to remain professional when you work for someone who makes you nauseated.

  • Pretty sad, but I bet there is not a right wing crazy that is not slapping him on the back and yelling atta boy. I just wonder what it has cost the Florida tax payers to find fifty non-citizens on the voter list.

    • johninPCFL

      You mean the money he’s spending while also starting a new unneeded, unfunded university while cutting funds to the rest of the university system? Or the money he’s spending drug testing welfare applicants while knowing (and having data to prove it) that they use drugs at a far lower rate then the general populace? Or the money he’d have spent drug testing UE applicants, though the data also shows that they’re also low-risk in terms of drug use? Couldn’t be that he used to own the drug-testing business, right? (First transferred it to his wife, then sold it to some buddies. Bet he gets it back within a month of leaving the governorship.)

      In the interim, the minimum cost of a speeding ticket is now nearly $200, the cost of turning through a red light is $175, the cost of missing your car tag re-up is $153, the cost to regiser a car from another state is $188. In short, don’t raise taxes, raise “fees” so you can claim on the campaign trail that you’re “anti-tax”.

  • William Deutschlander

    First we know that Scott has no ethics, his problems with following the rules are documented.
    Second his ignorance renders him arrogant.
    Third the U S Attorney General is suing him for voter suppresion, a Republican strategy!
    Scott should be impeached!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just another example of how DESPERATE the Republicans, and their T.E.A. Party radical, backers, are.

    In my opinion, the Republicans grow more terrified, by the day, of losing the election.

    As election day approaches, I would encourage ALL American citizens to contact their election commissions, both to verify that there will be more than enough OFFICIAL ballots, available, for election day, but

    I would also encourage ALL Americans to have their state voting commissions set up (prepare) back-up polling places, in case weather turns severe, or in case a tornado/hurricane/etc. “takes out” a primary polling place.

    In military speak, this would be known as a “fall-back” position.

    If “WE the People” want to PROVE that this is “Our Land” then we must be prepared to defend it, even from domestic enemies.

    It is OUR job to make sure that NO candidate, or party, subverts the election process, as was done, in 2001.

    WE allowed this to happen, by not speaking out, as WE should have. Now, our president needs our help, in ensuring that no “vote-fraud” happens, in 2012.

    It is up to US! If America is, truly “Our Land”, as the song goes, then it is OUR duty, to “Our Land” to protect her from all treachery.

    Also, consider this: A Republican victory will, likely, result in the return of $6.00 to $7.00 per gallon gas. A re-election victory, for President Obama, would mean continuing to pay only $2.00 to $3.00 per gallon of gasoline.

    Its just that simple.

  • frivolous01

    It is, isn’t it.

  • If you don’t want reasonable people to think you are a racist skinhead, lose the racist skinhead do. I keep waiting for him to strut around yelling “white power!” while jazzed on crank.

  • hubydoll166

    With the republican, tea bagger GOP party its become more of ” yeah we are cheaters and will lie even when its proven fact” but at the end of the day ” what are you going to do about it”? I really despise the GOP and that Tea Party beyond the worst possible words you can call them because they have caused great social unrest and divide from day one Of Obama innauguration. They have done some of the lowest snake job things not done IN A HUNDRED YEARS and is like they are taking a page out of that movie ‘Gangs of New York” where the political voting system was so corrupted. They have actually managed to take the whole system back in time like everything else they do with women’s rights and Gun Smoke Days gun slinging laws. Everything they do and want to do puts huge financial burdens on americans who have already lost most of their wealth to insure a windfall of money to the BIG BIZ people who tanked us to begin with. Do people really know what they are getting when they support these clowns? If not then they are in fora rude awakening if they get into office going forward. What has happened to the people of this country that support that crap shoot?

    • The traitors know that this country is too strong and powerful to be attacked from the outside so they have gotten together to defeat it from the inside by initiating a huge propaganda agenda to fool those citizens who think they’ll be voting for one thing when in reality they’ll be voting their and everyone else’s freedoms away…

  • Landsende

    If you didn’t vote in the last election in Texas your name will be purged off the voter lists. We also have a governor like Scott but unfortunately Texas is a red state and republicans were stupid enough to keep voting him into office. After his run for president the citizens of Texas are finally seeing how corrupt and inept he is. The definition of stupidity is voting for someone just because he’s a democrat or republican and voting against your own best interests.

  • Harry1942

    How did Mr. Peanut get to be our Governor? Oh yeah, the Republicans and teabaggers elected him. Just look at what he and our legislature have done to our residents in such a short time. Great job of bait and switch. Run on one agenda, govern on another.

  • Ed

    The Republicans just HATE DEMOCRACY. They want to return this country to a Republic, as the founders intended. In a republic the “better class ” of people govern. At the time of the consittuion only white males owning property, the amount varied from 4 acres to 40 acres depending on the state, and without debt were permitted to vote. No woman, no tradespeople, mostly “Gentlmen of leisure.”

  • Parisgirl

    It is obvious that this party that is no longer of the people will stoop to nothing, including theft, to take over an election. We all know that G.W.Bush did not win, but rather stole the presidency from Al Gore.

    But then again, it was not really George who went into office. Carl Rove and his Super Pac buddies dictated the policies that almost bankrupted this country, and now he is again ready to undo all that President O’Bama has repaired. They have managed to even control the Supreme Court so that elections are now bought and paid for.

    Through billions, yes now billions, the American Public is maneuvered through ads and commercials that promote the radical religious, bigotry, fear, and worst of all through the apathy and indifference that many develop after being force fed a sea of negativity.

    I would hope that everyone who vents on this site and all the other sites that are available are ready to step up to the plate. It takes more than complaining online. It takes action! Every ‘lie’ must be answered with fact, money must be raised, volunteers must take to the streets and wake up those who are either misinformed or just plain sleeping through this all important election.

    It takes thousands on capital lawns who with one voice can say NO! The battle will never be won if the masses sit home and complain or if army gives up before the fight. Now is the time to keep Carl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and the rest of the Super Pac financers out of the White House and send them the message that they can NOT own the USA.

    Yes they have money….But dictators have always been toppled by those that have HEART!!!

  • Parisgirl

    130 0bserver I would first like to remind you that this country was founded by those who came to this land and built it by helping each other to survive. I would also like to remind you that in modern civilization the only global commu

  • Parisgirl

    130bserver… perhaps you need a reminder that this country was built on those who came from near and far, giving help to their neighbor in lean times and standing together to survive. It was not built by ingrates that have only the self interest of a dictator who has it all and does not wish to share. I would further like to point out that in our modern civilization the only countries who do not help the disadvantaged are considered third world countries. It is amazing that in a country where so many religious zealots profess to have such a respect for life that they would even deny birth control usage, there are so many that would allow the child, the sick, and the elderly to go without food, housing, medical coverage, and education. You say communist. I say Christian. I say Human. I think 130bserver, that you are selfish and heartless…and if you claim to be a Christian…you are a liar.

  • peteserb

    Welfare moochers , non producers and Hollywood liberals all decrie the patriotism of a conservative. That’s why the Memo is a socialist rag.

  • There is something just not right about the man. I can’t put my finger upon it, but I can’t look at him without reaching for my wallet. First he wanted to drug test folks, which only cost the state millions of dollars to discover that most people on public assistance use drugs less frequently than the public at large. I’m pretty sure that just about anyone could have seen that one coming. Now it is time to pull out that old canard of voter fraud, just in time for the next election. What is the GOP and Scott trying to hide? They are clearly on the wrong side of the demographics of their own state and the country at large. Instead of trying to grow the appeal of their brand they are resorting to a shabby attempt to steal another election. The folks of Florida had best wake up to what their ‘leader’ is trying to do before it’s too late.

  • wbramh

    A Scott “bumblefest?” Really?
    It seems the unaddressed damage done is more than enough to change the election results.

    You write:

    “…But a third list of suspected non-citizens endures. This one includes about 2,700 people — a molecule in a bucket, considering that Florida has 11.3 million registered voters.”

    So we’re supposed to fear little because there are 11.3 million registered voters in Florida?
    And by how many votes did Bush win Florida (and the presidency) in 2000?
    Now I realize Americans have a short attention span, but surely some people remember what happened during that ugly election.

    Considering again the results of the 2000 election, what is wonderful about “only two counties fully cooperating with the governor’s plan?”

    Also, what of the “crackdown” on voter registration drives along with shortened voting hours, both targeting Democratic voters? Are those dirty tricks being addressed by state (or federal) officials?

    Finally, with Scott suing the feds, when is would suit likely be resolved – before or after the election? If it’s after and there is no court order demanding Scott immediately cease and desist from from implementing his plans, you can bet he’ll keep them in place as long as possible. In the meantime, how many Democratic voters have already been disenfranchised and don’t even know it?

    Sounds like another Democratic (and democratic) “bumblefest” to me, or am I missing something?

    • metrognome3830

      Well, you missed the part about how of those 2,700 people, there is still no conclusive evidence that they are actually non-citizens.

      You also seem to have forgotten that due to the Kathleen Harris “bumblefest,” The Supreme Court decided the 2000 election. I would say you probably aren’t missing anything. You just overlook details that don’t fit your personal agenda.

      • wbramh

        I think you missed the point of my comments. There is no doubt in my mind that among the remaining 2,700 targeted by Scott, most if not all are legitimate voters. As for KATHERINE Harris, I not only remember her correct name, but I also remember her “bumblefest” and it was quite deliberate. As with Harris, Rick Scott knows exactly what he’s doing, and before your misinterpret that comment, by “knows what he is doing” I mean he intends to cheat as many voters out of their rights as possible, whether it’s illegally dropping people from the rolls, limiting voting hours, removing voting machines from Democratic strongholds, sending misinformation to Democratic voters via mail or robo-calls – you name it and it’s not beneath him.
        But you’re correct about one thing, I do have an agenda and it’s very personal. I happen to believe the strength of a democracy is only as solid as its people’s ability to participate. Mr. Scott would prefer to limit that right and that makes him a dangerous man.

  • Who the hell cares! The Democrats are going to scream regardless. They want illegals to vote because they know they will vote for the “give a way everything” democrats. If anyone questions that then just look at what the Democrats are doing with the tax money and the entitlements.

  • I evacuated to Palm Beach County, Florida following Hurricane Katrina; and lived there for almost three years. I can attest to the pervasive racism of the average citizen; it is strong and to the bone. I’m back in New Orleans, now, and the roads are bumpier; but, at the end of the day, we can say that everybody here gets a fair shot.

  • Scott is a real piece of work. Even his quasi-criminal voter purge is an incompetent activity. One day he’ll report to prison where he belongs. In the meantime, people in Florida must suffer the indignity of having a governor who barely qualifies as egg-sucking, chicken stealing gutter trash.

  • conner3

    I had to chuckle at the part about Florida’s very own supervillian himself being the victim of an errant database: “In 2006, he was mistakenly declared dead while he was very much alive in Naples, and had to file provisional ballots in two elections”. Literally back from the dead, huh? Well, you have to admit, he does look like Voldemort!

    • I hadn’t seen your comment when I posted, above, but it would be highly amusing to be a thorn in the GOP’s side and start a birther type movement ( deathers?!) that insists on better proof that Scott is not dead!

  • howa4x

    They have to lie, cheat, and steal, and buy elections. Republicans can’t win them just on their ideas.

  • oldtack

    Think of what you wrote. Do you realize what monetary expense it would entail to do what you propose. How about – we just build big gas chambers in each State and gas those suckers like Hitler did the Jews. This would be a much less drain on taxpayer money

  • hotflashweave

    Repubs should work on policy proposals that are more palatable to the voters…then they wouldn’t have to work so hard on voter supression!

  • DG

    If he was worried about illegals he would deport them but he also wants cheap labor and a GOP win. So he does not deport them but deports their vote.

  • Today NYC Mayor Bloomnerg said Romney would be a better President then Obozo …smart Dems and Liberals are realizing Obama is an Evil Socialist and bad for the economy and America ..the rest are so invested in their ideology and party that they are sheep and just will vote for Obozo because they’ve posted so much nonsense that they dont want to lose ..Pity they put that ahead of what is good for America

    • DurdyDawg

      … And you actually think Mitten’s is a BETTER alternative? That HE is what’s best for America!?? No wonder everybody is against the opposition.. NOBODY IS RIGHT! Yet what can we do when we allow certain elites to pick the suits that we must then choose from.

    • Bloomnerg? Any time I see comments making fun of the president’s name, I give them a thumbs down – not an option here, but I notice after 22 hours, your comment has 0 (ZERO) likes. Evil Socialist? 3 1/2 years, and he hasn’t nationalized your Jacuzzi, has he?

  • Ibsyboy

    The Present day GOP owes its very existence to the Liberals. The Old GOP had a philosophy developed over time that was a sound conservative point of view. A philosophy that did not include hurting the USA and its Citizens for ideological reasons. Today’s GOP is built around anti-Liberalism. No philosophy, more of an agenda. They wish they could eliminate, as opposed to cooperate with, the Liberals in the USA and any and everything associated with the Liberal world view. It is not hard to determine what their course of action will be. Just look at what the Liberals think and think the opposite, and you have the GOP position. They are no longer a Political Party, they are a movement. A movement bent on overthrowing a sitting President, no matter what the costs are to the reputation of the GOP, or the people of the USA. Their obstructionist plan may stymie the POTUS, but it is hurting Americans. They have become a destructive force in America, now they have planted a For Sale sign outside of the Nation’s Capitol, in hopes of raising enough money to fulfill their dream of getting rid of Obama and the Liberals. They have put the Government up for sale to the highest bidder. The have put ideology before Country.

    • ExPAVIC


      What do you expect from the American Taliban Republican Plutocrats?

      These Republican genitalia police are more interested in what is going on in people’s shorts that they are in running effective government. If it has to do with private freedoms they are opposed to it.

      Maybe they should answer why rich Republican plutocrats children are not serving in the military, or in Iraq or Afghanistan. I suppose such service is only for minorities and poor-middle class offspring.

      Just like Mitt Romney serving in Le Havre, France, during the Vietnam War where he was passing out condoms to street hookers and trying to convert them to Mormonism.

  • alexhaak

    Did you ever look at those eyes ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • I live in Florida and, in my opinion, Gov. Scott’s blacklist is nothing short of ethnic cleansing or Soviet style tactics. If he is truly concerned about illegal immigrants voting all he has to do is require proof of citizenship when people show up at the polls. Blacklisting Hispanics and Black immigrnts from the Caribbean is not something that should be condoned in a country like the USA. The irony is that Rick Scott was the founder and former CEO of Columbia HCA, the healthcare company given the largest fine for fraud in the history of the USA. Insstead of being punished for what he did Ricky was elected Governor and I bet his name does not appear in his blacklist.

  • granpere

    I’m still appalled that Rick Scott isn’t in prison, considering that the was CEO of a company which paid billions in fines for Medicare fraud. Florida voters have the governor they deserve.


    Rick Scott

    If it wasn’t for a quirk in the law this American Taliban Republican plutocrat would be behind bars for cheating Medicare out of $1 Billion.

    Say, that reminds me a lot about Mitt Romney. I wonder if that will affect this fall’s election like it did back in 2000 when Gore got screwed over by Jeb Bush and Florida AG Kathryn Harris?

  • I really think that Scott needs to provide more conclusive proof that he is not, in fact, dead.

  • ralphkr

    Wow! 182,000 illegal voters. Oh, wait, it is truly 25,000 illegal voters. Does any body else remember “Tailgunner Joe’ and his thousands of Commies running the government… or maybe it was 3 or 4 commies but at any rate our only salvation was to vote for him. From what I have read there is very little voter fraud and 99% of that is perpetrated by the officials and not by individual voters. The best example that I recall was the voting district with 3,000 registered voters that turned in over 5,500 votes for the TEA Party candidate.

  • scot you should not be able to vote sinse you make false accusations and you are trying to steel the elections . I believe this is a crime is anyone checking on this crook.

  • Illegal voting is criminal. So is the person who claimed the 5th 53 times when being deposed for his company’s massive billion$ in medicare fraud: Scott himself!

  • CAS

    Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare. Most citizens who take the time to vote offer their legitimate signatures and sworn oaths with the gravitas that this hard-won civic right deserves. Even for the few who view voting merely as a means to an end, however, voter fraud is a singularly foolish way to attempt to win an election. Each act of voter fraud risks five years in prison and a $10,000 fine – but yields at most one incremental vote. The single vote is simply not worth the price.

    Because voter fraud is essentially irrational, it is not surprising that no credible evidence suggests a voter fraud epidemic. There is no documented wave or trend of individuals voting multiple times, voting as someone else, or voting despite knowing that they are ineligible. Indeed, evidence from the microscopically scrutinized 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State actually reveals just the opposite: though voter fraud does happen, it happens approximately 0.0009% of the time. The similarly closely-analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004%. National Weather Service data shows that Americans are struck and killed by lightning about as often.

  • suskopo

    Those who are die-hard republicans will vote for Romney no matter what but it will help if us, who see through the maliscious intentions of these new brand of republicans…(they are so unlike the republicans of just a decade ago…pre-chenney-carl rove era) will make sure those independent voters are adequately informed. It is amazing to see how die-hard republicans are getting by without taking their eyes off FOX NEWS and those extremist bloggers of the conservative rights. Posting here is fine but aren’t we are just talking among each others and would not make a dent to change the minds of those who are not informed? Let’s get out and dissiminate this infos…to our friends and engage them. I said this because in my community of retired people their eyes and ears are tuned in with the anti-abortionists and tea partiers’ talk of cutting government and paying debt at the expense of the working people of America. Let’s move and tackle this problem before August…email, email, email, engage, engage, engage the un-engaged yet voting Americans. They are so innert they care less if they are getting duped.

  • If you want to lose more freedom…re-elect Obama and the Chicago crime machine…voters should welcome an ID check to vote!!!!

  • KatMan

    I would call tricky ricky a skinhead but that would be an insult to the already mentally challenged.