This past election season, H.B. 1355 resricted the voting rights of thousands of Floridians. The law, which curtailed voter registration, cutback early voting, and complicated the electoral process for newly moved voters, disproportionately affected communitites of color. Recently, several Republican consultants and officials confirmed what we have known for while; the discriminatory impact of H.B. 1355 was not an inadvertent side effect but actually the law's intended purpose.
The Palm Beach Post has the details:
[...]A GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said Black voters were a concern. "I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the Black churches organize themselves," he said.
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On August 1, the ACLU released a statement which included very shocking findings from a recently-filed public records request. Data from the Florida Parole Commission states that 17,604 letters sent to notify individuals who completed terms for felony convictions that their civil and voting rights were restored were never delivered. Instead these letters were returned to the Commission as "undeliverable." Of these, 13,517 people are currently not registered to vote, leading officials to infer that thousands of Florida citizens regained the right to vote but have no idea.
Last week, we told you about Gov. Rick Scott's appalling voter purge in Florida. In a state that George W. Bush "won" by only 573 votes in 2000, Scott is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color. Under this new mandate, voters who don't prove their eligibility within 30 days will be automatically dropped from the voter roll -- a move that will keep thousands of eligible voters from the ballot box.
Yesterday, Scott went one step further by suing the Department of Homeland Security in order to obtain further information to conduct his illegal voter purge...