Florida Finds Nearly 2,700 Potential Non-U.S. Citizens on Voting Rolls

Marc Caputo and Steve Bousquet, Miami Herald, May 9, 2012

Nearly 2,700 potential non-U.S. citizens are registered to vote in Florida and some could have been unlawfully casting ballots for years, according to a Miami Herald-CBS4 analysis of elections data.

The bulk of the potential non-citizen voters are in Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, where the elections supervisor is combing through a list of nearly 2,000 names and contacting them.

An analysis of a partial list of 350 names in Miami-Dade showed that about 104 have cast ballots going as far back as 1996.

Even if voters are on the list, it doesn’t mean they’re not eligible to cast a ballot.

Consider the case of Miami’s Maria Ginorio, a 64-year-old from Cuba, who said she became a U.S. citizen in August 2009. She said she was angered by a letter she received asking her to go to the elections office to document her status. Ginorio, who said she typically votes by absentee ballot, is ill and homebound.

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Citizens like Ginorio were flagged as potentially ineligible after the state’s Division of Elections compared its database with a database maintained by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which records whether a newly licensed driver is a U.S. citizen.

As a result, some citizens could appear to be non citizens now because the DHSMV computer system doesn’t automatically update when someone becomes a citizen, said Chris Cate, a spokesman with the Florida Division of Elections.

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Christina White, a deputy Miami-Dade elections supervisor, said the county is sending out letters to all potential non voters within 30 days and is asking them to prove citizenship.

The state’s effort to clean the voter rolls are unfolding in a presidential election year in which perceptions of voting problems and potential fraud break down along partisan lines—especially after the Republican-led Legislature last year cracked down on voting registration groups and early voting on the Sunday before Election Day.

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To be eligible to cast a ballot in Florida, a voter must be a state resident and a U.S. citizen with no felony record. Those who have been convicted of felonies can cast ballots if their rights have been restored by the state. It’s a third-degree felony to commit voter fraud in Florida.

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  • Church_of_Jed

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    “Anxiety over ballot integrity is a racist hate crime against Obama.”

    -Bishop Tyronne Cedric Ceasar Solomon Jefferson Washington, “We shall overcome White resistance to fundamental transformation,” 2012

    • Natassia

      Wait, how many names does that Bishop guy have?

  • The__Bobster

    And yet fake conservative Michael Smerconish still swears that there is no voter fraud.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Smerconish

  • The best part is they either commited misdemeanors of lying on jury duty notice or felonys of false voting.

  • And how many of these 2,700 “potential” non-U.S. citizens will ever be prosecuted for their criminal actions? My guess is zero!

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Once California was a strange land, but nothing can beat the state of Florida for its weirdness.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    they musta moved to Fla

  • JackKrak

    As a longtime former Floridian myself, I have to say that it really doesn’t matter how much voter fraud they uncover in Dade county – they’re going to vote for Democrats no matter what.

  • And in Florida you have voter ID laws.  I think we’re just gonna have to scrap absentee ballots with the exception of out of state voters.  Just have everyone fill out a paper ballot at the polling place.

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bobster;
    and yet another fake conservative named McCain enabled voter fraud during his own run for President in 2008…
    Leaked Stratfor E-Mails:
    After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff’s desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      It is getting close to my departure date to leave the US.  We could never recover from the domestic violence that would take place if Obama should lose the election.  J.E. Hoover wrote to LBJ that he could not assure the domestic safety of the country if he (LBJ) chose to run for the office of presidency…that’s when LBJ told America he would not seek the office at all.

      America has never, in its short history,  faced such as enemy as it faces now. And yet it has so many *faces*, so many masks, for each face.

      A hard rain’s gonna fall/B. Dylan 

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bobster;
    and yet another fake conservative named McCain enabled voter fraud during his own run for President in 2008…
    Leaked Stratfor E-Mails:
    After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff’s desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

  • razorrare

    In reply to Bobster;
    and yet another fake conservative named McCain enabled voter fraud during his own run for President in 2008…
    Leaked Stratfor E-Mails:
    After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff’s desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    I said there is no place weirder than Flordia (with CA running nose to nose), and just a happenstance that this info correlates to the previous article about legal and illegal immigration…

  • ageofknowledge

    U.S. citizenship has been greatly devalued over the years. Today millions come here illegally, have others pay to raise and educate their children (who statistically choose to become gangmembers and criminals at a much higher rate anyways), displace American citizens from their own labor market, and vote for politicians to take more from American citizens to give to themselves knowing the U.S. government will fight to stop any state that gets in the way.