In Florida's Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) more than 100 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote. But it's not voter fraud, we're supposed to believe.
At least that's the view of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes who has refused to fully maintain voting lists, to weed out noncitizens, the dead, those who vote elsewhere, those registered at commercial addresses and those ineligible due to federal felony convictions.
While the fact that more people registered to vote than the number who are eligible to vote doesn't ipso facto prove voter fraud, it certainly enables it. Snipes apparently doesn't think so, claiming that she regularly verifies the list as required by law.
Snipes has run into a number of legal problems before, but she successfully defended the indefensible when a federal judge ruled in her favor in a suit brought by the conservative American Civil Rights Union charging her with being too lenient in removing unqualified voters.
The ACRU, appealing the decision, has now filed its argument with the appeals court, alleging that Snipes has violated the federal National Voter Registration Act, by" failing to remove ineligible names from voter rolls and putting citizens’ votes at risk of being diluted by ballot fraud."
Said ACRU General Counsel Ken Klukowksi, “It is impossible to have over 100% voter registration. Federal law requires removing ineligible names from the voter rolls to safeguard our elections against fraud and tampering to ensure that democracy prevails. Broward County has failed to do so.”
In a press release, ACRU stated:
[Federal law] requires the protection of citizens’ votes from dilution because a ballot can be cast for every name that appears on a voter registration list and there is no way to distinguish eligible voters from illegal ones.
This case, the first of its kind to reach the appellate court level, asserts the right conferred by Congress to demand clean voter rolls....
[Federal law] requires state election officials, like Supervisor Snipes, to conduct reasonable list maintenance procedures, including proactive programs to remove ineligible voters from their voter rolls.
Snipes and others who support her figure her job is to extend the voting franchise to as many people as possible. Well, good for them. Who can argue against increasing what is usually pathetically low turnout? But that doesn't excuse them from protecting the rest of us from the possibility of voter fraud.
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