USF history professor: 'I was just the victim of voter suppression'
At least five voters in a Seminole Heights precinct in Tampa were removed from the rolls without their knowledge, said David K. Johnson, an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida.
An expert on American post-World War II history, Johnson was going to be on a panel tonight at USF for a BBC election watch party to discuss voter suppression, but he didn't know until he went to vote this morning that he would be able to talk about suppression personally.
"I was just the victim of suppression," he said.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: About 3 p.m., Johnson said he received a call from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard. Lennard assured him that his provisional ballot would be counted and said the mix-up resulted from what amounted to clerical error when a David Johnson with the same date of birth went into the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office to register to vote. A staffer in Orange County apparently saw Professor Johnson's registration in Hillsborough, assumed that the new voter there was the same man — even though the two men had different home addresses, different party registrations and different middle names — and transferred Johnson's registration to Orange County.