Category → Voter Purging
By Tony Petramonaco — The shameless and anti-democracy voter purge by Governor Scott of Florida included Bill Internicola, a 91-year-old, Brooklyn-born, World War II veteran. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star for bravery. He’s voted in Florida for 14 years and has never had a problem until these anti-democracy Republicans came to power in the 2010 mid-term elections.
According to Mr. Internicola, three weeks ago he received a letter from Broward County Florida, stating “[Y]ou are not a U.S. Citizen” and therefore, are ineligible to vote. He was given the option of requesting “a hearing with the Supervisor of Elections, for the purpose of providing proof that you are a United States citizens” or forfeit his right to vote in the November 2012 elections.
To add injury to insult in what I consider to be a criminal conspiracy to deny Florida voters their legal right to vote, Internicola is reputed to be just one of hundreds — maybe tens of thousands — of U.S. citizens legally eligible to vote — being preyed upon by Governor Scott in his massive voter purge in this year’s election run-up.
Bill Internicola appeared at a press conference this morning with Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), who has called on Scott to “immediately suspend” the voter purge.
VoteVets.org, a veterans advocacy group, weighs in:
“When someone who put their life on the line to protect the right to vote from fascists and empires is denied the right to vote, and is purged from voting rolls, there is something horribly, horribly wrong. Anyone who would stand behind an action that threatens the right to vote of a WWII vet is someone I would call un-American,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org
I agree with VoteVets.org. It’s time we begin to expose these anti-democratic, fascism-loving Republicans for what they are and demand that they cease these unconscionable actions — or face prison under the Voting Rights Act.