>by Robert L. Gallimore | DLU |May 28, 2012 |
Well, here we go Florida’s Voters – Purged! The Headlines should read Florida’s Voters are purged from the electoral system to systematically suppress Civil Rights and Voting Rights! GOP strategist are attacking a particular voting block to influence the upcoming Presidential election in Florida and through-out the country because they don’t have the numbers to win out-right! Well, in Florida you do remember the hanging Chad’s fiasco of 2000; sitting in front of the TV screen watching Court TV. Governor Rick Scott (FL) has now turned his attention on (purging), wiping-out the existence of non-citizens, convicted felon and it appears any group of people that historically vote Democrats.
As you read more and more articles like the ones below you become more determined to get out there and vote, you see as Democrats in the last midterm elections, we failed to do our civic duty. And for whatever reason we remained at home and didn’t vote. This act hurt the Party and the opposition is counting on this same complacency and they’re also taking addition measures like voter suppression, disenfranchisement and whatever it takes to win the 2012 Presidential election. We cannot allow that to happen, we cannot take another wave of Right-wing extremists into the various branch of government to run this country; this may sound dramatic, but we will not survive as a Party!
This GOP isn’t the Party of old the party that I once belongs; it’s becoming the Party of Right-wing Extremism. If by chance, President Obama survives the Presidency and we lose more Democratic Lawmakers in Congress like 2010! Then, we may as well, hand over the keys to the White House because nothing will move in the form of policy and procedures for the good of the country and “What We Stand For.” There would be nothing stopping the Right from pushing their radical views and opinions, overturn milestones like Affordable Health Care, like the Safety Nets and like the Voting Right Act; except for the Vito pen and possibly some filibustering from member of Congress! We would be at a standstill until the next midterm election! Do you see a pattern here…like a vicious cycle of nothing-ism! There maybe some over dramatization of the situation, however we would be making a U-turn and we would start heading back into the direction from which we came – it’s called the Bush era!
It’s the Democratic Party [the Party for the People] that was responsible for virtually eliminating the widespread disenfranchisement of African-Americans. And if it wasn’t for the 1965 Voting Rights Act signed into law, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices was an important step forward; we would still be fighting Jim Crow. What you’re witnessing today by what Rick Scott is trying to accomplish is called Jim Crow or a form of it extended to Minorities; eliminating their right to vote. What is Jim Crow Law?
“The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities in Southern states of the former Confederacy , with a supposedly ” separate but equal ” status for black Americans . The separation led to treatment, financial support and accommodations that were usually inferior to those provided for white Americans , systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. De jure segregation mainly applied to the Southern United States. Northern segregation was generally de facto , with patterns of segregation in housing enforced by covenants, bank lending practices, and job discrimination, including discriminatory union practices for decades.”
“Some examples of Jim Crow laws are the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The U.S. military was also segregated. These Jim Crow Laws were separate from the 1800–1866 Black Codes , which had previously restricted the civil rights and civil liberties of African Americans. State-sponsored school segregation was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education . Generally, the remaining Jim Crow laws were overruled by the Civil Rights Act of 1964  and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 .” This is straight out of Wikipedia!
It was the Democratic Party that overturns the Jim Crow Law that Rick Scott is trying to reenact and we can’t allow that happen – plain and simple! Follow the link if you’re interested in some history on the Jim Crow laws and era! In as such, my friends this practice of widespread disenfranchisement and voter suppression continues today from the Right! As stated in a previous article: Human Rights Issues – May 05, 2012; Voters Rights Suppression continues in a different form listed in articles below: click the go to link to jump to the article or click the original source link
- Minorities, Democrats most likely to be purged from voter rolls due to felony convictions [go to]
- GOP Attempts Florida Voter Suppression — Again [go to]
- EXCLUSIVE: Florida Telling Hundreds Of Eligible Citizens That They Are Ineligible To Vote [go to]
- Florida. How Soon We Forget. [go to]
- Florida Voter Suppression Taking Increasing Toll [go to]
Democratic Liberal Umbrella will give you the bitter and the sweet! Join the cause – Your Support Helps! …Enjoy! I’m ready for a game of Chess – Gbismarc!
With attention focused on Florida’s effort to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls, another procedure continues as well: the purging of convicted felons from the rolls. Under Florida law, a convicted felon loses his or her right to vote and must petition the governor and state Cabinet for the restoration of civil rights, a process that can take up to seven years.
|This criminal Governor (who extorted billions from medicare) thinks he can do anything he wants to sabotage this election because he believes all the fear mongering bigots will support him and his money (that he accumulated from the extortion of medicare funds) will insulate him from the consequences of exterminating hundreds of thousands of democratic voter registration. OVER 200,000 people are earmarked to be purged from the registration rolls by this fascist Governor. WHY IS THIS NOT ON THE NEWS? God Bless the President of the United States|
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A Times/Herald analysis of four months’ worth of data from the state Division of Elections shows that 6,934 people were removed from the rolls in the first four months of 2012 following felony convictions, and that Democrats were three times more likely to be removed than Republicans.
Of that total, 3,550 or 51 percent were registered as Democrats, and 1,206 or 17 percent were registered as Republicans. Another 1,614, or 23 percent, were registered with no party affiliation.
Here’s the racial breakdown of felons removed from the voter database in 2012: Whites accounted for 3,018 or 44 percent, and blacks accounted for 2,956 or 42 percent. Hispanics accounted for 608 or 9 percent.
The five zip codes that accounted for the largest number of civil rights revocations were in Jacksonville and Tampa. Jacksonville, the state’s largest city, had the most purged felons (928). Tampa had 797, Miami 367, Orlando 222, and St. Petersburg 174.
“Obviously, we’re not targeting demographic groups,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Division of Elections. “The only category we’re concerned about is, are they ineligible? If they’re ineligible, they need to be removed.”
While the purging process might be color- and party-blind, the results highlight the fact that the justice system might not be. About half of Florida’s prison population is black in a state that’s 14 percent African American — who are overwhelmingly Democratic voters as well.
So any voter purge of felons is bound to disproportionately affect African Americans and Democrats.
– Steve Bousquet
Posted by: cjschmitt | May 28, 2012 at 02:31 AM |