At the recent Take Back the American Dream conference, union members, youth activists and grassroots leaders from Florida gave hope that it is possible with hard work and single-minded determination to overcome the obstacles to voting rights in 2012.
A Communications Workers of America member from south Florida spoke of the battle with Republican Governor Rick Scott, who continued voter suppression activities targeting Latino and African American voters even after the Department of Justice said not to.
“My friend’s father has been here since the 1930’s. He became a citizen and has been voting for years. He just got a letter saying he had to prove that he is a citizen or he would be dropped from the voter list,” she said shaking her head…
In addition to new laws limiting early voting and restricting voter registration, Florida’s governor ordered that voter rolls be purged on the faulty grounds that thousands of non-citizens were on the rolls. The action was so blatant and extreme that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit.
Last week Federal Judge Robert Hinkle denounced the attempt to remove voters from the rolls but did not order any action, saying the purge had been stopped. However the Brennan Center and the League of Women Voters called for continued vigilance.
The true nature of voter suppression and the ALEC laws was exposed when Pennsylvania’s Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai openly bragged that voter ID “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”
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