Civil Rights Outrage in Florida

Once again the Republicans are trying to suppress the voting rights of minorities. I read that the Secretary of State of Florida has purged the voter rolls of 53,000 voters whose only fault is that they happened to be dead. Here is the story at

The Florida Secretary of State has discovered 53,000 dead voters registered to vote. The Secretary of State has also flagged thousands of potential non-citizens who are also registered to vote. This discovery is indicative of a wider national problem with dead and ineligible voters on the rolls heading into the Presidential election.

In the 2012 legislative session, Florida finally passed a law requiring the use of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) to determine if dead people are registered to vote in Florida. Secretary of State Kurt Browning and then-State Election Director Don Palmer proposed this idea in the previous legislative session, but the bill did not pass.

Florida discovered the dead voters by matching voter rolls against the SSDI.

The SSDI is the list of Americans who have died and applied for death benefits. Because an application must be submitted by the next of kin and carries criminal penalties for false statements, it is considered the most accurate list of dead voters available.

Yet most states don’t use the SSDI. Instead, they use a hodge-podge of other information, usually compiled from the state bureaus of vital statistics. But state bureau reporting is slow and incomplete.

Three counties in Florida have reported more citizens registered to vote than people alive eligible to vote – St. Johns, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa – according to the most recent Election Assistance Commission report.

Having dead people infesting the rolls is the first step to voter impersonation.

This is America and the right to vote ought not to be denied because of race, sex, national origin, creed, orientation, or status of life. The dead, or Necro-Americans have the right to vote too.I am sure the Necro-Americans especially resent terms like “infested” or “corrupted” to describe their presence on the voter rolls. I am just glad we have an Attorney-General who is willing to fight against this kind of discrimination.



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