Investigating the Florida 2000 Vote

If the first chapter of Greg Palast’s book, The Best Democracy Money

Can Buy, (see: ) has any truth to it, why hasn’t there been some

kind – any kind — of Congressional or legal investigation into the

fixing of the votes in Florida? It seems to me that the Blacks and

Hispanics and Democrats should be standing on their chairs and

screaming bloody murder, but they’re not. Why? Has Palast’s

information been legitimately discounted?

Clarification of Question bytimespacette-ga

Sorry, I meant to include the link to Greg Palast's web page in which

he gives up the first part of Chapter One of his book 'The Best

Democracy Money Can Buy'. Here it is:

http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=246&row=1



One thought on “Investigating the Florida 2000 Vote

  1. Dear timespacette,

    A question worded as "why hasn’t there been …" calls upon us to

    speculate why a certain event (in this case, Congressional

    investigation into the Florida affair) did not occur.

    First of all, we are presuming that these claims are accurate. Palast,

    as well as Michael Moore and others, claim that there had been an

    inclusion of non-felons in the list, preventing decent citizens from

    voting. This claim echoes in other articles and academic working

    papers:

    Gelbart, Marcia. "Glitch Tells Hundreds in Florida They Are Felons Who

    Can't Vote" Palm Beach Post 22 Jun. 2000.

    King, Robert P. and Joel Engelhardt. "Credibility of Voter Purging

    Questioned" Palm Beach Post 6 Dec. 2000.

    Stuart, Guy "Databases, Felons, and Voting: Errors and Bias in the

    Florida Felons Exclusion List in the 2000 Presidential Elections"

    Harvard University School of Government Faculty Working Paper Series,

    Number:RWP02-041, 09/25/2002:

    Abstract: http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP02-041?OpenDocument

    Full Paper in PDF format:

    http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP02-041/$File/rwp02_041_stuart.pdf

    And in an official report:

    "Non-felons were removed from voter registration rolls based upon

    unreliable information collected in connection with sweeping, state

    sponsored felony purge policies;" (Source: U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL

    RIGHTS, "STATUS REPORT ON PROBE OF ELECTION PRACTICES IN FLORIDA

    DURING THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION"

    <http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/vote2000/florida.htm>).

    So, why didn't they cry foul?

    First of all, as you could see from this investigation, they actually

    did.

    There are probably several reasons. The first has to do with the

    composition of the Congress. The Congress might not want, in its

    current and post-200 composition, initiate such an investigation.

    Moreover, the Congress might also shy away of questions regarding

    voting administration in states.

    It seems that the Democratic Party, on its behalf, decided that most

    potential voters "had enough" of the discussion of Florida's problems,

    and wishes to leave this behind, in order to let the new

    administration function. In this aspect, it might be beneficial to

    mention, that the atmosphere regarding this whole question, and

    regarding questioning the government, changed after 9/11.

    Then, the potential voters who were denied this right might also form

    a possible ground. They are mostly poor and belong to ethnic

    minorities. They belong to the type of alienated, disprivileged strata

    that is not likely to be politically active in the United States in

    any case (and this had been the focus of much research). When faced

    with these problems, they decide to retreat from the political field,

    instead of demanding their rights.

    There are, however, few who promote such enquiries, not all of them of

    the "liberal" side:

    Conservative Action <http://www.conservativeaction.org/resources.php3?nameid=stopfraud>

    ACLU "ACLU of Florida Launches Equal Voting Rights Project to Address

    Irregularities, Reform Election Practices in Florida"

    <http://www.aclufl.org/vrp2-17-01.html>.

    Saying that, it would not be accurate to claim that no legal or

    political action was carried on, whatsoever:

    "The Justice Department targets three counties for alleged voting

    rights violations." (Voting rights violated: U.S. to sue over 2000

    Florida election

    Eric Lichtblau, Los Angeles Times (in The Smirking Chimp), 22 May

    2002, <http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=6642&mode=&order=0>).

    Justice Dept. Urged To Widen Fla. Probe Thomas B. Edsall, Washington

    Post, 24 May 2002 http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A1529-2002May23&notFound=true

    There had been also numerous law suits:

    http://www.failureisimpossible.com/needtoknow/votehearings.htm#lawsuits

    And requests for hearings:

    http://www.failureisimpossible.com/needtoknow/votehearings.htm#congress

    Read More

    =========

    Norris, Pippa. "The Accidental President: Fuzzy Math, Florida Lawsuits

    and Campaign 2000." British Elections and Parties Review. Ed. Jonathan

    Tonge, Lynn Bennie, David Denver, and Lisa Harrison. Frank Cass

    Publishers, 2001, 174-191.

    I hope this answered your question, given the fact that it asked for

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