A win for clean elections

A win for clean elections

June 29th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

A federal judge in Florida has issued a welcome ruling on behalf of legitimate voters. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle -- an appointee of former President Bill Clinton -- said the federal government cannot block Florida's effort to purge its voter rolls of non-citizens.

There are federal prohibitions against removing voters close to election time, he noted, but they do not apply to people who are not even U.S. citizens.

Bizarrely, the Department of Justice had sought to forbid the removals in Florida.

But "Justice Department lawyer John Bert Russ ... could not cite any instances of a legitimate voter being removed from the rolls" because of Florida's actions, The Miami Herald reported.

Hinkle rejected outright the Justice Department's effort to restore the voting "rights" of every person who had been removed from the rolls.

"Leaving ineligible voters on the list is not a solution," he declared. "Non-citizens should not be voting. People need to know we are running an honest election."

Meanwhile, Florida continues to seek access -- so far denied -- to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security database to double-check the citizenship of voters.

Exactly whose side is Washington on? The side of legitimately voting U.S. citizens or of unlawful voters who can warp the results of an election and thwart the will of the people?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott justifiably declared the ruling a win for clean elections.

"The court made a commonsense decision consistent with what I've been saying all along: that irreparable harm will result if non-citizens are allowed to vote," he said.

Now at least some of that harm will be averted.