Saturday, May 29, 2004

Finally Though it has been reported in leftist publications for a few years now, the mainstream media has ignored one of the real scandals of the 2000 vote in Florida, the large scale purging of the voting roles of thousands of people with the same names as felons, but were not felons. Attaturk generally opposes the deprivation of the vote to felons who have served their time and cleared parole, but various states differ. But what happened in Florida is dubious to say the least, and since the deprivation primarily affected African-Americans and/or poor it obviously primarily deprived Al Gore of votes, in a state election that was close beyond belief. Now, finally, a major media sources is looking into the matter:
WOODRUFF: In Florida, county election boards are reviewing a list of state felons to determine if they will be properly denied the right to vote in November. Well, today, CNN sued the state for a copy of the list claiming the information should be made public, four years after Florida was at the center of a disputed presidential election. CNN and the public were invited to view the documents and state election headquarters in Tallahassee, but were prevented from making copies or from even taking notes. Civil rights advocates charge that in 2000, thousands of eligible voters were prevented from casting ballots because they were improperly listed as felons.
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