rberq wrote:What state "officials" (who? they are not named) actually said, according to the AP article, is that 2,600 people are in the state legally who are not eligible to vote. It does not say these 2,600 are registered to vote or that they did vote.
The initial list is confirmed registered voter not eligible to vote:
The initial list of more than 2,600 voters given out by the state to supervisors shows the names of people who registered all the way from the late `50s to as recently as 2011. One Hillsborough County man on the list registered to vote in 1959.
Before we go saying that's insignificant lets remember this is Florida. 2600 votes certainly widens the margin in the Gore/Bush debacle significantly if they are voting predominantly for one party.
The larger number of 182,000, inflated to 200,000 for the headline, apparently came from match-ups of several databases that the article does not identify. Having done database match-ups myself, I suspect early passes came up with millions of "suspects", and as more databases were added, 182,000 was one of many intermediate results on the way to whittling the number down to 2,600 -- who may or may not have voted and may or may not even have registered.
I'd agree , it's preliminary number but the article does go on to say they are having trouble with the feds giving up information so they can determine citizenship.
In any event one fraudulent vote is too many, are you willing to give up yours?