With all the fuss in liberal circles about the cleansing of the voter rolls of deceased, felons, and non-citizens, it turns out that Florida Governor Rick Scott knows exactly what it’s like to be removed from the rolls and have to plead his case.
Scott said in a radio interview Thursday on the Tallahassee-based WFLA that he was forced to cast two provisional ballots in 2006 because election officials said he had been taken off the voter rolls.
“They said I had passed away,” Scott said. ”I said, ‘Here’s my driver’s license. I’m here, I’m really alive.’ So they allowed me to vote provisionally.”
The ballot was counted both times.
From the News Press: “Tim Durham, the chief deputy supervisor of elections, could not explain why Scott was forced to cast the provisional ballots. But he said it appears that another Florida resident with the same first and last name and the same date of birth had died in January 2006. The two men, however, had different middle names.
Provisional ballots are given to those who show up at the polls but are not listed as a registered voter. Voters are then given two days to prove that they are eligible.
Scott brought up the story of using a provisional ballot as part of his effort to defend an effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the rolls.”