Keeping people of color from voting

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    New voter registration law snares mostly minorities - St. Petersburg Times


    TALLAHASSEE — Hispanics and blacks account for more than half of the people in Florida whose voter registration forms were rejected in recent weeks under the state's controversial new voter verification law.

    Democrats were four times as likely to be tripped up by the law as Republicans, and more than half of the people affected are 30 years old or younger. One of every four unmatched voters lives in Miami-Dade, the state's largest county and the one with the largest Hispanic population.

    Between Sept. 8, when the law took effect, and Oct. 10, a total of 8,867 people were placed in a separate database, their voting status in limbo for the moment, according to state records released Thursday.
     
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    "Just as when the law was initially enforced, it has a wildly disproportional effect on black and Latino voters," said Adam Skaggs of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, which represented black and Haitian political groups in an unsuccessful lawsuit to strike down the law. "This is no surprise."

    Advocates say black and Hispanic voters experience higher error rates because they use hyphenated surnames or first names with nontraditional spellings.
     
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    Yeah... because verifying that people are who they say they are is inherently racist :rolleyes:
     
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    Why dont you outline the requirements of the law you are defending for us?
     
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    In other words, Dems were four times as likely to be breaking the law.
     
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    Court Declines to Block Florida’s No-Match No-Vote Law | Brennan Center for Justice


    Florida – On Tuesday, a federal trial court in Gainesville, Florida, refused to stop the state's "no-match, no-vote" law, a voter registration law that has blocked more than 16,000 eligible Florida citizens from registering, through no fault of their own, and could disenfranchise tens of thousands more voters in the 2008 elections. While the lawsuit compelled Florida officials to change the law on the margins, yesterday's ruling upheld severe restrictions in the updated law and poses the latest hurdle in a virtual obstacle course of Florida statutes that is preventing eligible Florida voters from registering to vote.

    "This ruling puts thousands of real Florida citizens at risk this November based on bureaucratic typos," stated Justin Levitt, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, who argued the case on behalf of voter advocates. "Voters who do everything right, who submit forms that are complete, timely, and accurate, will suddenly find themselves unregistered when they go to vote, because someone somewhere slipped on a keyboard. It's unjust and it's unnecessary, and Florida voters will pay the price this fall."
     
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    Allinbabble,

    This law makes typos by clerks have the ability to steal someones right to vote.

    Some clerk who doesnt like balck people can purposely type Tyrone , Tirone and a real live breathing American can lose their vote because of it.

    The right to vote shall not be infringed!


    do you remember that line?
     
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    Why do I have zero pity for Florida voters ? How many years have they had to get this right. Even the democratic party screwed them in the primaries.
     
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    Much like when you fill out any paperwork.. you check for accuracy...

    When I registered to vote, they asked me to verify the information on my voter registration card to make sure it was accurate... pretty simple...

    Ensuring people ARE who they say they are, live where they say they live, and are eligible to actually vote (age, being a criminal, etc) is a DAMN GOOD THING
     
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    You guys are just refusing to see the reality here huh?


    If you fill out your card perfectly and then a data entry person somewhere misspells your name you lose your vote.

    It can happen on purpose and by accident.

    Then Poof you are no longer able to vote.
     

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