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It doesn't hinder Jackson and his compatriots that the Secretary of State of Ohio is a black man, Ken Blackwell. Do they actually think that Blackwell wants to suppress the Black vote? Then again Blackwell is a Republican, and from the far-left vantage point all Republicans want to prevent Blacks from voting.
Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, said that for the challengers' accusations to be true, officials of both parties would have had to conspire to throw the election.
That's simply a ridiculous assertion," he said.
I had to cut off that sentance because it really is irrelavent
Fraudulent felon rolls were used ..........
McNeil News Hour
Alison Bethel is director of civil rights for the Florida attorney general's office. . . . ALISON BETHEL: Well, we have received reports from people claiming that they were incorrectly advised, that they were a convicted felon. Some received letters prior to the election, others did not learn that they were so incorrectly listed until they showed up at the polls to vote. And apparently the company that provided the information to the state officials of who was and who was not a convicted felon, that information was flawed and that's what led to the problem. It's wrong and yes, it impacted the minority community in a disproportionate way.
After reviewing The Nation's findings, voter demographics authority David Bositis concluded that the purge-and-block program was "a patently obvious technique to discriminate against black voters. . . . Bositis suggests that the block-and-purge program "must have had a partisan motivation. Why else spend $4 million if they expected no difference in the ultimate vote count?" . . . . Passed by the Republican legislature's majority, the new code included an extraordinary provision to turn over the initial creation of "scrub" lists to a private firm. No other state, either before or since, has privatized this key step in the elimination of citizens' civil rights.
But a Palm Beach Post computer analysis has found at least 1,100 eligible voters wrongly purged from the rolls before last year's election -- the collateral damage from an aggressive and ill-conceived state plan to prevent felons from voting.
One Naples man was told he couldn't vote because he was linked with a felon still serving time in a Moore Haven prison.
Florida officials cut from the rolls 996 people convicted of crimes in other states, though they should have been allowed to vote.
"There were names on the list that I knew were not felons," said Babs Montpetit, the elections supervisor in Union County. "One was a youth director in our church."
For example, more than 1,300 registered voters were matched with felons although their races or sexes were different, The Post found.
Palm Beach Post article
"We were told even if things didn't match to go ahead and consider them a convicted felon," [Miami-Dade elections supervisor David] Leahy said.
Honesty, Accuracy, Integrity and Ethics are not what these people are about. It is about manipulating people and rigging elections.Christian Science Monitor
Rather than correct the deficiencies, [Florida State] officials again relied on an inaccurate list that would have disqualified many valid voters in an attempt to prevent former felons from going to the polls.
Immagine that...a white Bush supporter disenfranchised...as if this situation was exclusive to minorities or affecting ONLY a "targeted" segment.
Mayville went to his precinct in Polk County's Auburndale that Tuesday morning to cast his vote for George W. Bush. Poll workers told him he was on a state list of suspected felons, making him ineligible to vote.
Stop trying to manipulate the timeline of events to support your contentions.....The law that required the state to purge fellons from the voter lists was passed long before the election, but nobody realized the errors untill election day as the list was made but never USED before. Once it was used, it became apparent it had errors in in for several reasons, as cited in paragraph 17 of YOUR source,
And while the state's attempt to police the voter rolls victimized scores of legitimate voters, it still failed to prevent thousands of felons from casting their ballots. In Florida, felons are banned for life from voting unless granted clemency.
Records used to create the felon list were sometimes wrong. A state database of felons wrongly included dozens of people whose crimes were reduced to misdemeanors. Furthermore, clemency records were incomplete.
Felons have been banned from voting in Florida since 1868
It was determined that DEMOCRATS were the ones cheating that miami election thru use of felons (who legally cant vote in FL) and dead people. Lets also note that the State Supr of elections was a DEMOCRAT, as well as the counties of west palm, broward (ft lauderdale area) and Miami-Dade co's, ALL run by DEMOCRATS! Hmm where should we keep looking for this fraud based on the history of this abuse?
State lawmakers decided to weed out felons and other ineligible voters in 1998 after a Miami mayoral election was overturned because votes had been cast by the convicted and the dead. Election officials subsequently hired Database Technologies Inc. of Boca Raton to help with the daunting task of scanning the state's massive database of registered voters for felons and dead people.
Of course these allegations were made but were NEVER proven, not even came close to the truth, yet you still cling to these false accusations to suit you need.
Civil rights groups saw it as a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise black voters
But a review of state records, internal e-mails of DBT employees and testimony before the civil rights commission and an elections task force showed no evidence that minorities were specifically targeted.
Blacks make up nearly 49 percent of the felons convicted in the state, according to the FDLE, so any purge of felons would include a disproportionate number of blacks.
Records show that DBT told the state it would not use race as a criterion to identify felons. The list itself bears that out: More than 1,000 voters were matched with felons though they were of different races.
Yeah blame me if you cant blame Bush...whats new?
The blood of thousands of innocent Americans are on your hands and others CazMedia.
Even so, the number of voters wrongly disenfranchised by the felon purge appears to be far less than the "thousands" its critics have claimed.
In an interview with The Nation, [Emmett "Bucky" Mitchell IV, an assistant general counsel to the Florida Division of Elections] claimed he had exercised restraint in producing the purge lists. "The division always had the policy to err on the side of caution," he insisted. But reports from county supervisors, correspondence between state officials and DBT employees, and testimony before the Civil Rights Commission tell a completely different story.
According to testimony by ChoicePoint/DBT vice president George Bruder, a person could be included on the list if his or her name, date of birth and/or Social Security number closely approximated that of a known felon. In other words, in a state with 16 million people, where many individuals share approximate names and also dates of birth, exact matches were not necessary.
When supervisors began to complain about errors, Bruder said his company told the Divison of Elections that they were caused by the loose parameters set by the search, but Mitchell ordered no substantial change in the parameters despite recommendations by DBT.
Approximately 11 percent of Florida voters were African American; however, African Americans cast about 54 percent of the 180,000 spoiled ballots in Florida during the November 2000 election based on estimates derived from county-level data.
Nine of the 10 counties with the highest percentage of African American voters had spoilage rates above the Florida average.
Of the 10 counties with the highest percentage of white voters, only two counties had spoilage rates above the state average.
Gadsden County, with the highest rate of spoiled ballots, also had the highest percentage of African American voters.
On April 17, 2001 ChoicePoint VP James Lee testified, before the McKinney panel, that the state had given DBT the directive to add to the purge list people who matched 90 percent of a last name. DBT objected, knowing this would sweep in a huge number of innocents. The state then ordered DBT to shift to an 80 percent match. Names were also reversed — felon Thomas Clarence could knock out the vote of Clarence Thomas.
“DBT told state officials,” testified Lee, “that the rules for creating the [purge] list would mean a significant number of people who were not deceased, not registered in more than one county, or not a felon, would be included on the list. DBT made suggestions to reduce the numbers of eligible voters included on the list.” To this suggestion, the State, says DBT, told the company, "Forget about it."
In February 2000, in a phone conversation to the BBC's London studios, ChoicePoint vice president James Lee said that the State "wanted there to be more names than were actually verified as being a convicted felon."
The VRA [Voting Rights Act] does not require intent to discriminate. Neither does it require proof of a conspiracy. Violations of the VRA can be established by evidence that the action or inaction of responsible officials and other evidence constitute a “totality of the circumstances” that denied citizens their right to vote.
[U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since the Commission] does not adjudicate violations of the law, hold trials, or determine civil or criminal liability. It is within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice and Florida law enforcement officials to seek appropriate sanctions and remedies.
most of the counties in question also have the LOWEST educational levels in the state as well...couldnt voter error play a factor in this. Im not saying blacks are stupid, but that many of the troublesome counties you speak of are rural, aggro communities where there is much poverty and low educations.
Repeatedly Choice point, a reputable company, objected, and worked to convince the Florida officials that what they were doing was not standard or fair and every time they were told "we don't care".
BUT, to say this was targeting blacks or trying to skew the election is a complete leap of faith, not logic.
According to whom? Where and when was this determination made? I ask because obviously if this WAS determined by a legitimate arm of the gov, then actions would have been taken, as i see there were no actions taken, id like to know who determined this violation you allege officially?
The VRA was violated. period.
This overall lack of leadership in protecting voting rights was largely responsible for the broad array of problems in Florida during the 2000 election. Furthermore, state officials ignored the pleas of some supervisors of elections for guidance and help. Especially at the highest levels, officials must take responsibility for leading on matters for which they have authority
The disenfranchisement of Florida’s voters fell most harshly on the shoulders of black voters.
Potential voters confronted inexperienced poll workers, antiquated machinery, inaccessible polling locations, and other barriers to being able to exercise their right to vote. The Commission’s findings make one thing clear: widespread voter disenfranchisement—not the dead-heat contest—was the extraordinary feature in the Florida election.
[The VRA] is aimed at both subtle and overt state action that has the effect of denying a citizen the right to vote because of his or her race
Statistical analysis shows that the disparity in ballot spoilage rates—i.e., ballots cast but not counted—between black and nonblack voters is not the result of education or literacy differences. This conclusion is supported by Governor Jeb Bush’s Select Task Force on Election Procedures, Standards and Technology, which found that error rates stemming from uneducated, uninformed, or disinterested voters account for less than 1 percent of the problems.
Honestly where do you get this stuff from. You have a warped view of the world.
from one cheap flophouse to another cheap room rental. (often thru eviction) They are often not dilligent in updating their address to the many people, agencies etc that most people would