Earlier today Florida Secretary of State chief, Ken Detzner, was in Broward County holding the last of a series of public workshops to iron out serious problems associated with voting in Florida. The focus of this morning's workshop was related to how Floridians are added or taken off the state's voter rolls.
There was a protest held outside before the workshop began which was held at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections offices in Lauderhill, Florida. Detzner and his staff were there to promote an effort called "Project Integrity" which is designed to make the voting public more comfortable the proper people are on the voter rolls and each vote truly counts. The public who attended the event did not seem convinced.
As we wrote earlier this morning, voting totals in Broward County are in serious disarray which has many wondering if Dr. Brenda Snipes, Broward's Supervisor of Elections elected official, knows what she's doing. The highly inaccurate voter statistics are a great concern to those in Florida political circles as well as everyday voters. The Libertarian Party of Florida is sending certified letters this week to each county Supervisor of Elections office to note their concern over proven inaccuracies across the state.
No local Florida State Senators or Florida State Representatives were seen in the audience. Although no politicians were at the event, some staff members were there such as U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch's District Director, Wendi Lipsich.
Protesters outside the elections offices included speakers Nancy Abudu of the ACLU Florida, Ann Pierre of Florida New Majority and Caroline Thompson of the Advancement Project. Protesters seemed less concerned with the Libertarian Party's issue of Snipes' inability to keep proper voting records and more anger toward Florida Governor Rick Scott and his voter purge program. Abudu said this morning, "Governor Scott's purge attempt was a spectacular, costly failure. 82% of those excluded were qualified to vote and were of color." Thompson said she wanted everyone to "urge the governor to lower voter barriers" and called the tour "The Purge Tour". Pierre said, "Voting remains a political football by Rick Scott and his allies." The protest was billed as non-partisan, it was clearly an effort of Democrats and liberal causes against Republican Governor Rick Scott. No Republicans, libertarians or other conservative organizations were invited to speak.
Florida's Elections Division List Manager, Maria Matthews did her best to explain how the process of verifying the voter rolls are accurate, however many in the audience were not buying it. As well she and Mr. Detzner faced touch questioning from Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and from Snipes. The other 14 Supervisor of Elections chiefs were basically silent the entire morning. Matthews went through a lengthy flowchart only a government bureaucrat could love called 'Proposed Process for Potential Ineligible Registered Non-Citizen'. The flowchart had a your normal government acronym for the various processes with databases like 'SAVE' and 'DAVID'.
Time will tell if the State of Florida is able to provide accurate voter information as well as keep only eligible voters on the voter rolls.