Voter I.D. News: Florida to Restart Voter Purge, Hundreds Rally Against I.D. Laws in Pennsylvania
Earlier this month, Florida’s 67 county elections supervisors participated in a webinar providing instructions on how to move forward with the state’s voter purge. One of the issues county elections supervisors face, as they learned during the webinar, is that they’re being forced to absorb some of the costs for the purge.
In the weeks ahead, names of voters from the initial lists who the state says are not citizens will be sent to local supervisors to restart the voter purge process. The Scott administration acknowledges that the supervisors may not be able to complete the purge before the November elections. And the state also acknowledges that they’ve only found about 200 non-citizens in their database.
County Elections Supervisors are balking at the cost of the voter purge. ThinkProgress reports:
Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall (R) told ThinkProgress that the cost of this effort — plus the cost of more certified mailings and staff time — is a concern. “Our budgets have already gone in for the year… I didn’t budget [up to $1.50] per person.” The certified letter “at $5.65 and the four people’s salary and wages I have to put on this,” she notes mean she’ll have to “take them away from something else.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people rallied against voter I.D. laws in Pennsylvania as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether to overturn the state’s new voter I.D. law.
CBS Philly reports:
Across the street from City Hall this morning, NAACP national president Benjamin Todd Jealous addressed a rally of more than 150 people, citing Republican Pa. House leader Mike Turzai’s comment earlier this summer that voter ID laws will “allow” Governor Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania in the fall election
How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules is key to whether the Pa. voter I.D. law is implemented.
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