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GOP Investigation Of Florida ‘Voter Fraud’ Finds Nothing

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

As Florida began the process of recounting votes for the 2018 election cycle, Trump and his Republican cronies like Sen. Rick Scott pushed the unfounded theory that Democratic voter fraud was afoot. Scott worked vigilantly to stop the recount, even attempting to have voting machines and ballots impounded. It was a bogus claim, but recounting continued anyway. On Friday, Politico reported that Florida's law enforcement agency, tasked with investigating this supposed fraud, found ZERO cases of voter fraud.

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Federal Judge Orders ICE To Release Florida Detainees

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A federal judge has ordered federal immigration officials to free hundreds of people detained at three Florida facilities, ruling "there is record evidence demonstrating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has failed in its duty to protect the safety and general well-being of the petitioners," and that social distancing while in detention "is not only practically impossible, the conditions are becoming worse every day," Miami Herald reports.

"In a strongly worded 12-page order filed late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has acted with 'deliberate indifference' to the condition of its detainees," Miami Herald continued, saying officials failed to provide them soap and other supplies to protect themselves. Officials are now ordered to immediately distribute masks to detainees, and to inform her of their plan to reduce population size—something they should have already done long ago.

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Gov. DeSantis Falsely Says Nobody Under 25 Infected By Virus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is under fire this week for making a false claim that the coronavirus does not affect young people.

It's the latest blowback for DeSantis, who has been roundly criticized for his refusal to close the state's beaches, even as spring breakers flocked there amid a growing outbreak.

"This particular pandemic is one where I don't think nationwide there's been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason it just doesn't seem to threaten, you know, kids," he told a group of educators on Thursday.

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U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down Florida ‘Poll Tax’

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down Florida’s modern-day poll tax — a major victory for voting rights in America.

The ruling stems from the court battle over Florida’s Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment approved by more than 64 percent of Florida voters in 2018.

The amendment gave the right to vote back to 1.4 million people in Florida with felonies after completion of their parole or probation.

However, after the amendment passed, Republicans in control of the state legislature passed a law, S.B. 7066, requiring felons to settle their debts — including restitution, fines, and other legal fees — before being allowed to vote.

Critics — including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund — said the law amounted to a poll tax, which have been used historically to suppress the African American vote, and they sued the state saying the law was unconstitutional.

A federal court ruled in favor of those critics, saying that Florida’s law forcing ex-felons to repay their fees “unconstitutionally punishes a class of felons based only on their wealth.”

“The long and short of it is that once a state provides an avenue to ending the punishment of disenfranchisement—as the voters of Florida plainly did—it must do so consonant with the principles of equal protection and it may not erect a wealth barrier absent a justification sufficient to overcome heightened scrutiny,” a three-judge panel wrote in their decision.

The state plans to appeal the ruling, according to a spokesperson for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.