Rule of Law

Great Scott, What Is the Florida Governor Thinking?

Florida Governor Rick Scott has opened the door to illegal aliens voting in Florida elections. He has decided that Florida will not appeal a ruling that limited the state’s ability to remove illegal aliens and non-citizens from Florida’s voter rolls.  Even Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opposes Scott’s abandonment of the appeal.

But do non-citizens and illegal aliens actually vote in Florida elections? Yes, hundreds of times, and more. Meet Yvonne Wigglesworth. Wigglesworth was but one of hundreds of non-citizens found by local news media investigative reports as having voted in multiple Florida elections. Wigglesworth is not a citizen.

John Fund writes:

Indeed, in 2012 the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., reported that it had found at least 100 individuals in just one county who had been excused from jury duty because they were not citizens but who were registered to vote. Many had also voted in at least one election.

If Rick Scott doesn’t appeal a lower court ruling that says illegal aliens can’t be removed from the voter rolls before an election, it means illegal aliens and non-citizens will continue to vote in Florida elections. Remember, the presidency was decided in Florida by a few hundred votes. Florida has effectively chosen the last two Republican nominees.

Again, Fund:

It should have been a no-brainer for Governor Scott to appeal the “absurd” Eleventh Circuit Court ruling to the Supreme Court. He had the sole power to decide the issue. In a press release announcing the decision, his office claimed he had everything under control: “Florida is in an excellent position to conduct fair elections. … We will never stop working to eliminate fraud and abuse and make further improvements when they are needed.” Hogwash. It’s as if Governor Scott had decided to tie both his hands behind his back and then declared he was fully prepared to box a ten-round fight. Florida officials are gobsmacked over Scott’s decision not to appeal. So are national experts.
Fund notes that the decision may be driven by a desire to be politically correct and a young, naive, and frightened new staff that is unsophisticated in matters of rough politics. Whatever the reason, Scott’s decision threatens the integrity of future Florida elections, and should be reversed. He has until March 4 to change his mind.
It will also be interesting to see if any effort is made by Florida law enforcement officials, and even Eric Holder’s Justice Department, to prosecute any of the hundreds of demonstrable non-citizens who violated state and federal law by voting in Florida. If a lack of voter roll cleaning is combined with a failure to prosecute, we’ll know that the good things Scott did during his first term are being undone by a frightened retreat in the face of election lawlessness.