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In her decision, Bloom wrote that the voter registration rates in Broward County “at the very least create a reasonable inference that Snipes, despite all of the stated list maintenance efforts she has undertaken, has failed to meet the reasonableness requirement under subsection (a)(4) of Section 8,” referring to the section of the National Voter Registration Act (“Motor Voter” law) that requires a supervisor of elections to take steps to ensure the accuracy of the voter roll, including removing ineligible voters.
Ineligible voters would include:
- Those who have died
- Those who have moved away
- Convicted felons who have not been pardoned
- Mentally handicapped persons (in some circumstances)
- Fictitious people
In the motion to dismiss, attorneys for Snipes said that she follows state guidelines regarding the management of voter rolls, and regularly removes those voters that the state has confirmed are deceased.
But if it’s true that there are “thousands” of people on the list over the age of 100, it appears that either this is not being done, or that the state’s list of those who have died is not comprehensive.
And Snipes did not address what she is doing to ensure that all those on the voter roll are, in fact, citizens.
In fact, Snipes was one of several elections supervisors in Florida who refused to follow through with the state’s request in 2011 that she and other county elections supervisors work to verify the citizenship status of people on their rolls who had shown up in the state’s driver’s license databases as being noncitizens.
The state had initially identified 180,000 noncitizens with Florida driver’s licenses who were on the voter rolls in the state. It whittled that down and sent 259 names to Broward County, asking Snipes to send letters to these people, asking them to confirm whether they are citizens. After liberal groups complained, Snipes and others stopped the effort, and refused to remove from the county’s voter roll the more than 240 people who did not respond to the letter. (Seven had responded that they were citizens, and six were removed after responding that they were not.)
The trial continues Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, where Snipes is expected to take the stand.[lz_pagination]