Questions over felon `purge list' threaten Florida governor BY MARC CAPUTO Knight Ridder Newspapers TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (KRT) - As thousands of Floridians learn that a state list could wrongly bar them from voting, Democrats have found a rallying point for the November elections and proof, they say, of long-held suspicions that Gov. Jeb Bush's elections machinery is rigged against them. More than 2,100 people, many of them black Democrats, remain on the list of potentially ineligible ex-con voters despite winning clemency - and the right to vote - after their crimes, The Miami Herald reported Friday. Democrats and activists call it a "purge list" - a phrase that deeply irks the governor. That phrase, and the sinister plot it suggests, is rapidly becoming an article of faith among some Democrats, already fired up by the sensational "Fahrenheit 9/11" conspiracy film that begins with Florida's voting woes four years ago. "They had four years to fix this, and apparently they're asleep at the switch. It's either the most egregious neglect, or something else at play here," said Tony Welch, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. "News flash to Jeb Bush: It's your job. If there's one responsibility this time around, it's to make sure it all goes smoothly." Unlike in 2000, when tens of thousands of blacks and Democrats were likely prohibited from voting, The Miami Herald's analysis of the list's potential flaws has surfaced long before the November elections, giving activists the chance to object - and, perhaps, to sue. ----- source ----- And here's to hoping that all of our Armed Forces have their votes counted. Not that they should have any say in the matter.