In 18 years of covering elections I’ve never seen such hate, as captured on camera this week by my team on the frontlines in Broward County, Florida
My very first US investigative report was published by Salon in 2000 about the theft of the vote in Florida, then still in progress
Tallahassee African-American attorney removed because his name “matched” a felon with a different middle name living 200 miles away
The New York Times has uncovered Katherine Harris’ wipe out of thousands of voters … only three years after killing the story exposed by the BBC TV and the Guardian. Here, ‘News Dissector’ Schechter, formerly of ABC’s 20/20, asks how The Times could editorialize on a story they never ran in the first place. And note the Times still can’t bring itself to say that the color of illegally purged voters is … Black.
For The Nation
In Latin America they might have called them votantes desaparecidos, “disappeared voters.” On November 7 tens of thousands of eligible Florida voters were wrongly prevented from casting their ballots–some purged from the voter registries and others blocked from registering in the first instance. Nearly all were Democrats, nearly half of them African-American. The systematic program that disfranchised these legal voters, directed by the offices of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris, was so quiet, subtle and intricate that if not for George W. Bush’s 537-vote eyelash margin of victory, certified by Harris, the chance of the purge’s discovery would have been vanishingly small.
If Vice President Al Gore is wondering where his Florida votes went, rather than sift through a pile of chad, he might want to look at a “scrub list” of 173,000 names targeted to be knocked off the Florida voter registry by a division of the office of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. A close examination suggests thousands of voters may have lost their right to vote based on a flaw-ridden list that included purported “felons” provided by a private firm with tight Republican ties.