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Scott pumps up tea partiers, digs in over voter purge

by Dara Kam | June 10th, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott pumped up a conservative crowd at a Tea Party Express event in the Capitol city Sunday afternoon, urging the activists to help him gain support for a controversial non-citizen voter purge now in federal court.

Wearing khakis, a blue button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and his signature custom-made cowboy boots, Scott defended the purge and enlisted their aid getting President Obama’s administration to cooperate by granting access to a federal immigration database.

“Okay so the latest is who should get to vote in our state and in our country. People that are citizens of our country. It’s very simple, right? Who comes up with the idea that you get to vote if you’re not a citizen?” Scott asked near the end of a 15-minute speech at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum.

Scott explained that his administration unsuccessfully tried to get Homeland Security to give Florida access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or “SAVE,” database the states are supposed to be allowed to use to check voter IDs, among other things.

“That database is obligated to be given to us and it says it’s for voter registration. Go look at it. It’s the SAVE database from Homeland Security. It’s our right to get that data. For whatever reason, they decided not to give it to us. Can you imagine why?” Scott said. “So we have to, you have to, demand that Homeland Security does their job. I’m going to continue to stand up for your right. I do not want one person’s vote in this state diluted by somebody that doesn’t have the right to vote.”

Scott’s office on Friday released a document showing that 86 individuals were removed from the voter rolls since Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a list of about 2,600 potential non-citizen voters to elections supervisors in April. The error-riddled list turned out to include the names of Floridians who were naturalized citizens and one decorated World War II veteran. The state department contends that 46 of those people – about one-third of one percent – voted in previous elections. But a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times review found that only six of those had cast ballots.

The purge has created a national firestorm and partisan split.

Scott remained steadfastly committed to the purge on Sunday.

“Here’s what we know. We know that people are on our voter rolls that don’t have a right to vote. We know that. We know that people have voted that don’t have a right to vote. We know that. How many races should be decided by somebody that doesn’t have the right to vote. Not one. Not one. Not one person should have the right to vote that doesn’t have the right to vote. That is wrong and it is a crime,” he said.

U.S Attorney General Eric Holder’s office last month told Scott to stop the scrub, saying it appeared to violate two federal laws. The federal “motor voter” law prohibits states from doing purges 90 days before an election. That deadline passed May 16 for Florida’s Aug. 14 primary. And Friday the ACLU and others sued Scott’s administration over the purge, asking a federal court to put a stop to it until the Justice Department weighs in.

But a defiant Scott instructed the tea partiers to contact “everybody that’s involved” and demand that the state get access to SAVE, adding that he’s not backing down. The ACLU and others sued Scott’s administration on Friday, asking a federal court to stop the purge until the Justice Department weighs in.

“It’s not going to be easy. I need your support. You need to go out there and let everybody know that this is wrong.”

Scott said later he is considering suing the Obama administration over its refusal to grant permission to use the database.

“I’ll decide over the next few days what we’re going to do. But I’m going to defend our right to vote. I care about every individual’s right to vote. I don’t want it diluted by somebody else’s vote,” he told reporters after the event.

During his speech, Scott repeatedly urged the tea partiers to put their grassroots activism to use over the purge.

“Your job is to make sure those individuals do their job. Call them. Do what you’ve done to me. I think last week I got 5,000 e-mails. E-mail me. Call. And call everybody else…I’m going to do my job. I’m going to make sure that happens,” he said.

In her introduction of Scott, Tea Party Express co-founder Amy Kremer also riled up the anti-Obama administration crowd over the purge, calling it part of an effort by Democrats to “steal” elections.

“If the Democrats cannot win it fair and square, they will steal it. They have done it before. We cannot let them take this away from us,” she said.

The battle over the voter vetting is on hold in Florida as the state’s 67 elections supervisors have said they will not continue the process until the issue is straightened out between Scott and the Obama administration or the courts. The elections supervisors are the only ones who have the ability to actually remove voters from the rolls.

Scott said he’s confident the supervisors will do the right thing.

“They got elected. They know their job. They have an obligation. My job is to enforce the law that I’m responsible for. They have an obligation to enforce their laws. They’re not supposed to allow anybody to vote that doesn’t have a right to vote,” he said Sunday. “They’re going to do the right thing. They’re doing the right thing. Not one person has been kicked off a voter roll that has a right to vote. But we do know people have voted. We do know people are on the voter rolls that don’t have a right to vote.”

Scott, whose popularity among Florida voters remains lackluster, told reporters he appeared at the event to help get voters primed for the November elections.

“Just to energize the vote. Get people out. Let people know this election’s important. Every election’s important. You always hear that this election’s the most important one. But elections are important. They have an impact. If you want to change the direction of the state, the country, you’ve got to show up,” he said.

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7 Responses to “Scott pumps up tea partiers, digs in over voter purge”

  1. booger Says:


  2. nosebreather Says:

    Scott says 46 have been removed who voted in the past, and another Post article goes on to say that most of those were from Lee County. So why does this site say that only 13 letters were sent out in Lee County?

  3. Belle Fresch Says:

    Good day, I love drinking tea that i bought from China on eBay: Their teas is really fresh and taste fantastic:-) but take a relatively long time for int’l delivery … Where can i get SOOOO fresh tea in the USA?

  4. the truth hurts Says:

    This picture is worth a thousand words. Some defacto leader of some rogue state, a la The Great Dictator.

  5. Innocent Paul W Scott Says:

    Don’t have the stomach to read this but re headline… if Gov. Scott REALLY wants to pump up TPers then he’ll bring down the house by hosting executions during the GOP Convention. The “free Barabas” profetus-forget-the-rest crowd would unabashedly go wild and be in their glory!!!

  6. Dave Francis Says:

    Years of planned encouragement by both political parties, has erupted in a major response from anti-illegal alien organizations, including NumbersUSA, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), The Heritage foundation, The Federation for Immigration Reform(FAIR), Judicial Watch and thousands of more groups, blogs available to all readers across the Internet. Let your Senator or Congressman/Women know that they are not eligible for your vote, if they are discovered pampering the millions of invaders who have settled here illegally–phone DC. , Switchboard at 202-224-3121 Demand also that your state adopts a voter ID law, so no non-citizens, illegal aliens, felons or even the deceased can manipulate the pending elections, including the Presidential vote. Whether it’s Florida or any of the other 50 states, non-citizens voting in an election, compromises the integrity and trust of the system. Close races could be a ever present danger in even the most minor of municipal elections, specifically in states with millions of illegal aliens like the Sanctuary state of California, Nevada and New York. Absentee ballots are particularly vulnerable as nobody has to arrive at the voting booth in person, but is counted from a piece of paper that can be forged. This November will be extremely notable election for President, as it means the loss of our sovereignty under Obama, and his administration ignoring the doctrines of the U.S. Constitution. Americans must insist on strict oversight of the voting booth, as many states have no serious restrictions during the election cycle. This is not voter repression that the special interest organization likes to crow about, but the growing need for voters to possess some form of government ID, so all those eligible have a fair and equitable right to vote.

  7. Alan Lidstone Says:

    The article tells us that “Scott explained that his administration unsuccessfully tried to get Homeland Security to give Florida access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or “SAVE,” database the states are supposed to be allowed to use to check voter IDs, among other things.”

    I believe the SAVE system has been around since at least the early 1990s to determine if a social security number (SSN) presented by an individual requesting services such as food stamps or aid to dependent children (or whatever it is caused now) is a valid number, along with the name and date of birth associated with the SSN.

    The problem the Governor may have is that verification of SSNs using SAVE is available to state agencies providing various services to FL residents and citizens; but not the voting registrars who register people to vote.

    The Florida Division of Elections says that people who want to register to vote must be a citizen, be a citizen of the United States, be a Florida resident, be at least 18 years of age, not be have been convicted of a felony without having civil rights restored. The individual requesting to be registered must also provide a valid FL ID card or drivers license, or the last four digits of their social security number.

    Florida laws and statutes do not require people registering to vote to present actual proof of U.S. citizenship via birth certificate or naturalization certificate, or to provide the full social security number. In short, they have no proof of citizenship because they never require it. I don’t think there is anything stopping Florida from passing new legislation to include actual verification of citizenship, other than that they don’t really want to do so.

    Adding insult to injury is the Federal government has actual proof of citizenship of individuals for a small subset of the total electorate that is primarily limited to those who applied for visas to legally enter the U.S., applied for U.S. passports, requested security clearances, or who contacted various agencies of Homeland Security or were apprehended by various agencies of Homeland Security.

    The Governor, who hates big government, intrusive government, and over-reaching government has no difficulty demanding that the federal government do something the federal government cannot do, and that Florida does not want to do.

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