NAACP To Ask U.S. Attorney General To Stop Florida Voter Purge

On July 2nd, Kweisi Mfume, President & CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he will ask U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to order the state of Florida to stop the purging of Florida voters until the process being used to remove convicted felons from the voting rolls has been corrected.

"I am calling on Ashcroft to immediately order the state of Florida to cease and dissent all related activities around the purging of voters from existing voting lists until glaring inaccuracies are corrected,"said Mfume.

The Miami Herald reported today that 2,119 of the 47,000 Floridians the Florida Division of Elections declared ineligible to vote because of felony convictions should not have been purged because their right to vote was formally restored by the state.

"The NAACP continues to have reservations about the process that the state has come up with and this is why we have refused to embrace it,"said Mfume. "Despite their assertions, Florida is not following the process negotiated by the NAACP,"he added.

"As a result of such inaccurate data, we are now seeing the nightmare of unjustified disenfranchisement unfolding before us. When we consider that the last presidential election was decided in Florida by only 537 votes, we have already surpassed the margin of error four times over."

Mfume said, "This is such an egregious violation of rights, the NAACP will consider all lawful means to put a stop to it, including filing another lawsuit."

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