Not dead Gov. Scott told election officials ‘I’m really alive’by Dara Kam | June 14th, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott told a radio station this morning that he had to cast a provisional ballot six years ago because elections officials in his home county of Collier thought he was dead, The Associated Press reported.
Here’s the AP story by Gary Fineout:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott knows what it’s like to be told that he’s dead and not registered to vote.
The Republican governor said in a radio interview Thursday that he was forced to cast a provisional ballot because election officials said he had been taken off the voter rolls.
“They said I had passed away,” Scott said on Tallahassee-based radio station WFLA. “I said, `Here’s my driver’s license. I’m here, I’m really alive.’ So they allowed me to vote provisionally.”
Collier County election officials confirmed that Scott was required to cast a provisional ballot in two elections in 2006. Scott was not in politics at the time.
The ballot was counted both times.
Tim Durham, the chief deputy supervisor of elections, could not explain why Scott was forced to cast the provisional ballots. But he said it appears that another Florida resident with the same first and last name and the same date of birth had died in January 2006. The two men, however, had different middle names.
Provisional ballots are given to those who show up at the polls but are not listed as a registered voter. Voters are then given two days to prove that they are eligible.
Scott brought up the story of using a provisional ballot as part of his effort to defend an effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the rolls.
Scott’s push has triggered a partisan outcry and lawsuits. The U.S. Justice Department earlier this week sued Florida over the purge, saying it is happening within 90 days of a federal election.
Last year, Florida compared driver’s license records with voter registration records and turned up as many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens. But state officials did not release that list and instead sought access to a federal immigration database to verify the matches.
That request so far has been turned down by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Florida on Monday sued the agency to get access to the database.