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FEA to state: Don't mess with elections



Andyford Fresh off its successful effort to keep three constitutional amendments off the November ballot, the Florida Education Association now is pressing state election officials to keep their hands off the voter rolls in a year that looks strong for the Dems that the FEA supports.

Specifically, FEA president Andy Ford has called for the state to suspend implementation of the "No Match, No Vote" law. The law attempts to match voter registration to other government databases, and kicks out registrants that don't appear to have any matching information.

The idea behind the law was to prevent voter fraud. But Ford suggests it could have a more nefarious outcome.

"Beginning the implementation of this law so late in this election season adds to the burden that state and county election officials are facing," Ford said in a news release. "Thousands of new voters will be looking to cast their votes on November 4th and this could result in large numbers of legal voters being denied their right to vote because of a simple mistake like a typo."

To date, the state has not backed down. Related stories: "No match, no vote" law to be enforced, Miami Herald, 9-9-08; Crist supports "no match, no vote" law to fight fraud, Tallahassee Democrat, 9-19-08

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:58am]


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