Florida gov flirts with death
June 15th, 2012
08:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Florida gov flirts with death

(CNN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not dead. But according to one elections official in Naples he died in 2006.

That’s the story the Republican governor told the Miami Herald Thursday, explaining how he attempted to cast an early ballot and was told the unsettling news.

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“I went in, I was doing early voting, so I went in to the office in Naples, in the city hall where they were doing early voting, and they said, ‘You can’t vote because you’re dead.’ They didn’t say you couldn’t vote, they said, ‘You’re dead. You’re passed away,’” Scott said.

The officials, after seeing Scott’s ID, allowed him to cast a provisional ballot, and the next time he went to vote he appeared to re-join the ranks of the living.

“They didn’t ask for it the next time I voted, so I guess I’m not dead anymore,” Scott told the Herald.

Scott, who was elected governor in 2010, is currently embroiled in dueling lawsuits surrounding his push to remove non-U.S. citizens from Florida’s voter rolls. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice formally filed suit against Florida, saying the removal efforts violated federal voting rules.

Florida filed a lawsuit of its own against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, saying the federal agency was restricting access to a citizenship database.

On Thursday, Scott told the Herald he “couldn’t imagine why we’re having a conversation about having non-citizens voting in our state.”

“Nobody believes non-US citizens should vote,” Scott continued. “We know they register to vote and we know they vote in elections.”

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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. clarke

    If you are NOT a citizen or you have not registered to vote, then you don't vote. Everyone should have a Board of elections card in order to vote. Really, what is so hard about that. What am I missing. What I see is that people are not doing their job with much pride.

    June 15, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. Regressive

    Than there is something wrong with how you register voters. Your answer just disenfranchise,

    June 15, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. pntherpaw86

    Maybe he will stop his idiotic pursuit to stop Floridians from voting since he had his own run-in with exactly what can happen when you systematically purge voter roles. The GOP only seems to respond to things when they are affected.

    June 15, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. v_mag

    This incident, if it is true, is just more proof that Florida has screwed up its registration and voting records. It certainly doesn't prove that there is fraud going on, and in fact it seems to show the opposite. People who should be allowed to vote are not getting to vote. A basic right of an American citizen is being denied.

    So why is Scott's cure for this more voter suppression? He tries to frame his nefarious deeds in terms of "only Americans can vote", when his real aim is to ensure that "only Republicans can vote". And then he's upset when it backfires and he is not allowed to vote?

    June 15, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    I'm still wondering how this criminal escaped going to prison for cheating medicare. I guess crime pays as he is now Governor of Florida.

    June 15, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Scott is going to be a failed one term gov. Like the bafoon romney from mass ,I wonder if Scott sign rover nitwitquests pledge too????????like the bafoon romney did??

    June 15, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Sorry, but this story is too good to pass. After what yiu have done and are doing to my home state too bad it wasn't true!

    June 15, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Scott

    WHy is everyone making a big deal over purging voters, If you are not a citizen or have any ID, then you cannot vote. You can't buy cigrettes or Alchol legally with out an ID. Hard to open an account with out ID. In some states if you get detained by police, they can arrest you for no ID.

    June 15, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If the Naples Election Commission declared him dead, how was he allowed not only to vote, but to run for and be elected Governor? Oh, that's right. He's a Republican. It is only living Democrats that are not allowed to vote in Florida.

    June 15, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. No plan + no solution + always complaining = GOP

    Don't wait until an election year to attempt to "fix" the issue. Come up with a solution and consolidate the information before a purge is performed. It is data conversion 101.

    June 15, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. chilly g

    the whole reason behind this voter purge is to prevent peoples from voting,most republican not all are hateful toward
    non white and try to prevent us from voting just like in the 60s.

    June 15, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Shouldn't he have been purged? He was dead.

    June 15, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. HenryMiller

    “couldn’t imagine why we’re having a conversation about having non-citizens voting in our state.”

    Don't be naive, Scott: we're having the conversation because Hispanic non-citizens, the most common kind, tend to vote for Democrats and the Dems want to keep those votes.

    “Nobody believes non-US citizens should vote,”

    Except the Democrats.

    June 15, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. enuff

    This still does not demonstrate how he can relate to the everyday man. What about the WWII vet that recently had to jump through hoops so he could use the rights he fought to protect? There is no comparison here. Just a stupid little story so people would say "awwwwww...I guess he's ok. Let's cut him some slack." No governor. Not gonna happen.

    June 15, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. john

    too bad it isn't true...

    June 15, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. oldoc

    "Brain Dead" maybe based on his insistence on this politically-motivated voter roll purge! This is Florida, remember...all sorts of stupid stuff happens here!

    June 15, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. wonfish

    Maybe they thought he was dead because he looks like Skeletor.

    June 15, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. New Age Independent

    v_mag

    This incident, if it is true, is just more proof that Florida has screwed up its registration and voting records. It certainly doesn't prove that there is fraud going on, and in fact it seems to show the opposite. People who should be allowed to vote are not getting to vote. A basic right of an American citizen is being denied.

    So why is Scott's cure for this more voter suppression? He tries to frame his nefarious deeds in terms of "only Americans can vote", when his real aim is to ensure that "only Republicans can vote". And then he's upset when it backfires and he is not allowed to vote?

    -

    If you have followed this story, you'd know that no voter is turned away if they show up to vote. There is complete Due Process in the Florida voting the way it is being handled. If you show up to vote and you're not on the list, you will be given a provisional ballot. Those will be verified for that election. Nobody loses their vote, well, except for the illegal voters.

    June 15, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Drop Bear

    Maybe the Guv is really another face-eating zombie? That would explain a lot of things....

    June 15, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Stand your ground Florida.... Don't let the Obama Dictatorship stop you from doing what is right to protect the legal citizens of your state.

    June 15, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Gov. Scott dead? From your lips to God's ears ...

    June 15, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. ngc1300

    Every time you see a PAC sponsored political ad on TV, there's a good chance some of that money came from corporations partly or perhaps wholly owned by non-US citizens. And some of you are OK with that? Let's make sure we don't have some illegals voting in our elections, but let's allow foreign individuals and corporations to hijack the process. Just remember, as Ye sow, so shall Ye reap.

    June 15, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. FloridaBill

    If only he were dead.....better yet just declared dead and refused the right to vote...

    June 15, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Lando

    A corrupt person is corrupt to the bone and might as well be considered dead...bad for Floridians

    June 15, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. QS

    Nothing like faux patriotrs citing American principles regarding voting in order to try to justify implementing un-American voter suppression policies.

    June 15, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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