A racial divide on voter purge
Written by Fcadmin | 21 June 2012 E-mail Print
White and Hispanic voters support the governor’s efforts while Blacks oppose it, according to a new poll. Meanwhile, groups filed a lawsuit this week to stop the removal of non-citizens from election rolls.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
A new poll released Wednesday shows that Florida voters support Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin.
Voters wait outside a polling place at the New Birth Baptist Church in Miami on Nov. 4, 2008. Opponents of Gov. Rick Scott’s voter removal efforts say they unfairly target minorities and could impact this November’s election.
The Quinnipiac University poll also shows a racial divide – White voters back the purge 67 percent to 29 percent, while Black voters oppose it 56 percent to 38 percent and Hispanic voters support it 49 percent to 42 percent.
Scott and other supporters say they are trying to make sure only eligible voters cast ballots, but critics – including the U.S. Department of Justice – argue that Florida is violating federal election laws....