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Rick Scott Vows New Voter Purge In Florida Before Election

Florida Secretary of State Rick Detzner

comprehensive report was just released yesterday concluded that “voter fraud” is virtually non-existent.  The proverbial cat is out of the bag and yet Governor Rick Scot of Florida has decided to do yet another purge on “ineligible” voters.

Think Progress

Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) handpicked Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced on Tuesday that the administration will soon begin another voter purgeto remove “ineligible” voters from the rolls before the November 6 election. Florida county election supervisors remain weary of the effort, however, telling ThinkProgress that they may not have enough time to implement the purge.

 

Last month the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to a request from Florida and other states to allow them to compare voter rolls against the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database. Though it is unclear how this list can logistically be used by the states, Detzner told elections supervisors the state would be developing a list of names   for “additional actions in accordance with applicable laws.”

But even if Scott’s purge survives multiple lawsuits challenges its timing and legality, the mechanics of removing people from the voting rolls between now and the November elections may render Detzner’s efforts moot.

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall (R) told ThinkProgress that she has received no communication from the state whatsoever and does not see how she would have time to carry out the effort:

The law hasn’t changed for the process we have to go through. You’re looking at the letter going out [to those identified by the state as potentially non-citizen voters], then they get 30 days to respond, [then the county would] advertise the names in the paper, [and after that it would require an additional] 30 days to remove [the voters] from the records. I don’t think we can do it. Physically, I don’t think we can do it. That doesn’t mean we can’t check to see after the election [if any non-citizens voted]… I don’t want anyone on the books who isn’t eligible, but that’s what the odd-numbered years are for.

In other words, it would take at least 60 days between when the counties sent out letters and when the counties could remove any voters from the rolls. With the election just 83 days away, that does not leave much time.

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Congress Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low In Gallup Poll

 

Really?  You mean “The American People” (GOP’s favorite phrase repeated dozens of times a day by various GOP politicians) are unhappy with Congress’ overall performance?  Of course Democrats share this dubious honor as well.

Congress Approval Rating

The Huffington Post

Just one in 10 Americans approves of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, tying the branch’s lowest approval rating in 38 years. Congress originally hit the 10 percent mark in February, before bouncing back several points.

The approval rate for Congress hasn’t passed 20 percent in more than a year, according to Gallup, and is far lower than the personal approval ratings for most members of Congress. Prior to 2007, it sank below 20 percent only twice.

From Gallup’s analysis:

It is difficult to pinpoint precise causes for these extraordinarily negative views, although the continuing poor economy is certainly a major factor. The fact that control of Congress is now divided, with a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, may provide an opportunity for Americans of all political persuasions to dislike some aspect of Congress. With Congress divided, however, it is difficult to assess what impact its low ratings will have on the November elections, now less than three months away.

In contrast to the partisan gridlock within Congress, Americans’ distaste for the institution is entirely bipartisan: Only 11 percent of independents, 10 percent of Republicans, and 9 percent of Democrats approved.

The trend in the Gallup poll roughly matches that found by other national surveys that track congressional job approval. A CBS News/New York Times survey conducted in July found just 12 percent of U.S. adults approve of the job Congress is doing. Congressional job approval was slightly better (19 percent) in a July survey of likely voters conducted by National Public Radio, but even that result was the lowest NPR had measured since 2009.

Another poll, released Wednesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos and the SEIU, found that 60 percent of voters agreed that “this is the worst Congress ever.”

The Gallup poll interviewed 1,012 adults by live phone interviews between Aug. 9 and 12, and had a 4 percent margin of error. The PPP poll was conducted with automated telephone interviews of 1,000 registered voters between Aug. 9 and 12, and had a 3.1 percent margin of error.

 

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