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  •  They don't need troops if they have the "troops" (2+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, Tamar

    I'm hoping it won't come to this.   Public opinion is a fickle thing and sending in federal troops could swing it against Obama.  That type of force should be the very last resort.  

    My guess is that if an injunction is issued and the wording is broad enough, it will provide a safe harbor for local elections official to ignore Scott and do whatever the feds tell them to - hopefully including the restoration of names improperly dropped and notification to the targeted voters that they are in fact eligible to vote.

    I don't see local elections officials (except for a few batsh!t crazies still channeling Katherine Harris) risking jail time to carry water for their insane governor.

    On Wednesday, Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher (D) told ThinkProgress her office has rejected the error-ridden list of alleged non-citizen voters sent to county officials by Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) administration. Now, as the Department of Justice has told Florida to stop its illegal purge, other county elections officials across Florida have confirmed their counties will not comply with the state’s effort:

    – Sarasota County: Joyce Soltis, administrative assistant to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent (R) told ThinkProgress that the county received 14 names of from the state as sure-fire non-citizens. At least two to three of them have already proved their citizenship to the county and one was removed after indicating that he or she was not an eligible voter. Soltis said that while the remaining 10 or 11 voters have not responded, due to the significant inaccuracies on the list, the office has decided “We are not purging anyone,” from that group.

    – Volusia County: Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall (R) told ThinkProgress that that county received 15 names from the state. One was not even sent a letter, because the voter is currently serving in the military and another has already proven citizenship. But she said they have no plans to remove any of the remaining 13 voters unless her office receives clear proof. “To say the least, the list is very suspect,” she explained.

    – Hillsborough County: The Tampa Tribune reported today that Supervisors or Elections Earl Lennard (R) has also decided not to remove any voters on the unreliable list from the rolls without first receiving corroborating evidence that the voters are not citizens.

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