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One of the 2,700 voters targeted in the initial list of voters the state of Florida has determined are not citizens and are ineligible to vote was 91-year-old World War II veteran, and Bronze Star recipient, Bill Internicola.

Astonishingly, he's not the only WWII vet on the list. Archibald Bowyer, 91, a Navy corpsman in World War II, got the letter, too.

Bowyer said he has lived in the United States since age 2, been a citizen since his father was naturalized, lived in Tampa more than 30 years, and voted "every time there was a reason to." [...]

He said he got the letter around the time his wife died.

"I had a lot to do, and I just glanced at it," he said. "I didn't send it back to them."

Thankfully, the county elections supervisor where Bowyer lives isn't so enthusiastic about taking away people's votes, and had his staff call voters who hadn't responded. They cleared up the confusion with Bowyer, and he's still a Florida voter.

The lists the state is using, culled from old motor vehicle records, are so flawed that potentially tens of thousands of Bowyers and Internicolas and Maureen Russos are in danger of losing their vote. In an article for Rolling Stone, Ari Berman uses an analysis from Think Progress that shows in just Miami-Dade County alone, more than 20 percent of the people on the list are indeed citizens. If the 20 percent figure held across the state, Berman calculates, 35,000 citizens would be stripped of their vote.

Which is why the Department of Justice has stepped in, and not a moment too soon.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 08:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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