Florida ought to be ashamed of it, but officials there are not.
Thanks to its governor, the Sunshine State may be in the midst of the darkest attack on democracy since before the passage of Civil Rights Act of 1965. (Yes, it’s that dramatic!)
Of course, very few of the state’s officials see anything wrong with its flagrant discrimination of eligible minority voters. Gov. Rick Scottâ€™s administration made that much clear Wednesday, when officials seemingly defied a Justice Department warning to halt its purge of voters from its rolls.
Voting rights activists have unashamedly (and rightly) decried Floridaâ€™s not-so-coincidental actions â€“ since the election of Barack Obama, disfranchisement of ex-felonshad become harsher, voter identification laws have gone into effect, and purging of voter rolls is disproportionately affecting seniors and minority voters.
Not one state has been able to prove that such measures are needed or that a voter fraud problem exists.
Here are the top five things to know about Floridaâ€™s voter purge:
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