Florida’s Felon List Has at Least 2,000 Errors and Elections Officials Say It’s Part of a Bigger Problem

Even though they tried to block the release of this voter purge list, elections officials now say the court ruling allowing copies to be distributed will help ensure the list is accurate.

The list has names of potential felons who may not have the right to vote, but Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho says having the list out there doesn't solve the bigger problem.

Sancho says Election Supervisors don't have the money or manpower to go through 47,000 names, and this isn't how he should be spending his time anyway.

“Correcting records in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, correcting records in each one of the 67 Clerks of the Courts offices, and finding errors in the Office of Executive Clemency, now I'm sorry, that's not the election administrator's job,” says Sancho.

Governor Jeb Bush’s Select Task Force report told the Legislature it needed to come up with a better system for purging felons from the voting list, and here Florida is three years later facing the same problems.

Reporters wanted Jeb Bush to tell us why his administration fought so hard against distributing copies of the list, and whether he has confidence it will be accurate by election time, but he ducked out the back door to avoid reporters.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Scott Maddox wasn't surprised.

“Well, of course the governor's going to duck the media. He tried to keep the list out of public scrutiny. It took a judge in Circuit Court to say the public has to see this list, because they were trying to hide it and now we find the Miami Herald has found over 2,000 errors right off the bat," says Maddox.

It also appears about three times as many Democrats as Republicans are on the voter purge list, and many more blacks than whites.

The race is on to find out how many of them actually should have the right to vote.

The group "People for the American Way" has set up a web site where it has posted the potential voter purge list.

Log on to: www.pfaw.org/go/purge to see the names.


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