Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has made headlines recently by saying that the Democrats are rigging the upcoming Presidential election. He’s received criticism from Democrats who have called the claims outlandish, and Republicans have also criticized the claims. Florida Senator Marco Rubio rebuked the claims during his senate debate with his challenger Patrick Murphy. He commented that there are “67 counties in this state, each of which conduct their own elections. I promise you there is not a 67-county conspiracy to rig this election.”Today, Allied Progress, sent a letter to Ken Detzner, the Florida Secretary of State, and the Allied Progress executive director Karl Frisch called for Detzner to “move swiftly to root our partisanship and racial animus in the administration of Florida’s elections – both at the county election board-level and in his own office. Regardless of how we vote, we all want elections that are free from political tampering.” He then said that “the partisan efforts by some Florida politicians to reduce the participation of minority, senior citizen, disabled, and low-income voters in our democratic process should worry us all.”
Allied Progress argues that voter suppression policies have been implemented and championed by Florida politicians, such as enforcing a law that requires voters to present a photo ID when turning in a ballot. They say this affects minority voters because “research has found substantial drops in turnout for minorities under strict voter ID laws.”
In the letter, they criticize Eric Eisnaugle, a supporter of HB 1355, for defending the bill by saying that there was the “falsifying of hundreds of registrations, including the registration of an actor who was already deceased at the time. In another case, Mickey Mouse was registered to vote.” He went on to comment that “hundreds or thousands… of students were registered to vote without their knowledge after they simply signed a petition, having to idea that their information was then going to be turned around and used to register their names on the voter rolls here in Florida.”
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In the 2008 election between Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R), ACORN, a nationwide community activity group, was accused of voter fraud. Factcheck.org reported that ACORN had been investigated multiple times for voter registration fraud, and workers have been convicted of submitting false voter registration forms in Colorado Springs in 2005; in Kansas City, Missouri in 2006; and in King County, Washington in 2007.
With election day just three weeks away, voters will remain vigilante and voter fraud will be a topic that will continue to discussed.