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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Curses! Tinfoiled Again 

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (from Zemblan patriot D.B.): One week after a court forced Florida to open its voter purge list to public inspection, the list is in the toilet -- in toto. A cursory demographic analysis showed that, while the Florida felon-cullers were more than happy to err on the side of Negritude, another ethnic group -- by some incomprehensible fluke -- got what amounted to a free pass:
Florida elections officials said Saturday they would not use a disputed list of people believed to be convicted felons to purge voter rolls, acknowledging a flaw that kept some Hispanic felons off the list and could have allowed them to vote.

The glitch in a state that President Bush won by a margin of just 537 votes could have been significant Hispanics in Florida have tended to vote Republican more than Hispanics nationally. The list had about 28,000 Democrats and around 9,500 Republicans, with most of the rest unaffiliated.

The problem in compiling the list was unintentional and unforeseen, said Nicole de Lara, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Glenda Hood.

The decision to scrap the list was made after it was reported that the list contained few people identified as Hispanic; of the nearly 48,000 people on the list created by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, only 61 were classified as Hispanics.

That was because when voters register in Florida, they can identify themselves as Hispanic. But the potential felons database has no Hispanic category, which excludes many people from the list if they put that as their race.

The glitch affected only those who identified themselves as Hispanic. A review of the voter list by The Associated Press found others with Hispanic surnames who did not identify themselves as Hispanic . . . .

State officials have said there are people on the list who are not felons, and elections workers have flagged more than 300 people listed who might have received clemency.

Another problem was that about 2,700 people who had received clemency were still on the list. That was because they had registered to vote before they received clemency. The state initially required them to register again, but later backed off.
A wild-eyed conspiracy theorist might wonder why, in the wake of the 2000 election debacle, the state of Florida would commission voter-purge software that just happened to omit the state's second-largest ethnic group (16.8% of the population, according to the 2000 census). But then a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist would reflect on the fact that Gov. Jeb and his dimmer brother have never missed an opportunity to pimp for the rabidly anti-Castro Cuban exile community -- even when their shameless pandering jumps up and bites them on the ass.

Of course, if it weren't for wild-eyed conspiracy theorists and their crazy, baseless suspicions that Florida was up to its old tricks, the "unintentional, unforeseen" flaws in the purge list would never have come to light, now would they?

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