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Progress Florida weighs in on Gov. Rick Scott’s assault on voting rights

ST. PETERSBURG – Progress Florida executive director Mark Ferrulo made the following statement in response to Gov. Rick Scott's Administration's letter that he will continue purging registered voters from Florida’s rolls despite the Department of Justice calling for the purge to stop:

It’s now crystal clear that Floridians can't trust their own governor to protect our most fundamental democratic right, the right to vote. Scott’s action today means that Floridians must rely upon the Department of Justice, our County Supervisors of Elections, and if necessary the courts, to protect the fairness of our elections.

Today’s announcement confirms what many of us already suspected: That Rick Scott will stop at nothing to continue the GOP’s disgraceful legacy of disenfranchising voters in Florida.

The fact that Gov. Scott is using the nearly nonexistent threat of voter fraud as an excuse to continue his dragnet voter purge reveals his true intention to rig the 2012 election.

We call on the Department of Justice to launch an immediate investigation into Gov. Scott’s disgraceful attempt to purge eligible Florida voters, particularly Hispanic and African American U.S. citizens, from the voting rolls.

Progress Florida is the state's largest netroots organization and works toward building a more progressive Florida.

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On June 8, 2012, citizen49a of Lake City wrote:

Why doesn't the Justice Department file suit in Federal Court and get an injunction to stop this until the case can be heard? That would give the Feds the authority to ENFORCE what they purport to be trying to stop here.

We know how this turns out without an ENFORCEABLE order to cease and desist, because we've seen this movie before, during the 2000 election cycle. And that includes the Feds. So if they fail to put some teeth into this order, the question is what is their REAL MOTIVATION for issuing an order that the Governor can just ignore?

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