Florida gov flirts with death
June 15th, 2012
08:22 AM ET
6 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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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. acura2010

    OBAMA 2012!!!!
    The racism in America shown their colors. This land belongs to Christ and when he gets fed up with the hatemongers here, he's taking it back. Conservative fake christians does not represent the true living followers of Christ.

    June 15, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. 4 more years.

    I think they need a second opinion, he sure looks dead.

    June 15, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Robert Bell

    Outrage! I demand that this dead governor be PURGED from the voter registry!

    "We the People" does not include Zombies or the Living Dead (both of which are very prevalent in Florida).

    No wonder this fellow wouldn't take a drug test! Dead people can't pee in a cup!

    June 15, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. drod

    The Republican attack on voter rights will not go unchallenged.

    June 15, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. acura2010

    Investigate the Florida governor, he has a lot of baggage and should be in jail!

    June 15, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. GaryOwen27

    Certainly dead from the neck up.

    June 15, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Lando

    I'll take a fake voter than a scammer

    June 15, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America yada yada: "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."

    Typical Repub, inventing issues in an effort to scare people into voting for your failed policies. Here's a little FACT to chew on: The incidence of voter fraud is 0.004%.

    If you're looking for a "dictatorship," then look no further than the GOP that wants to suppress voter turnout, knowing that there are more registered Democrats and Republicans – and that anyone with a working brain will vote Democratic.


    June 15, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    Politically,.. he is dead.

    June 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. mary

    My question is how can they look at a list of names and tell who is and who isn't a citizen? When I registered to vote years ago, I had to show a birth certificate. Does Florida not have a similar requirement? I would think that legally couldn't strip someone from the voter roles unless they KNOW and can PROVE that person is ineligible to vote.

    GOP governors are doing their best to disenfranchise the elderly and the poor and prevent them from voting in November. Talk about conspiracies! There is no proof and never has been of widespread voter fraud. The GOP's attempt to fix something that isn't broken and the manner in which they are going about it should alert anyone with half a brain that something's not right here.

    June 15, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Florida is violating the law that requires that there be a 90-Day period period before an election where you cannot purge your voter roles. Florida had plenty of time to take this action. They missed the deadline. Period. They blew it for themselves. I hope someone winds up in jail over this, especially their suspect governer.

    June 15, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Jataka

    Wish he was dead. Lord Voldermort, the indited criminal, is destroying Florida. Nice to know that you can be a criminal and get into office in America as long as you have money.

    June 15, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. JohnK

    He IS dead – from the neck up.

    June 15, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Hawk in Texas

    Typical of republicans, lie, cheat and steal. and if that dosen't work lie some more. they can not get elected on their own merit. they have to cheat.just look at the supreme court. 5 radical republican judges. corporations are people according to them. they can spend all they want to get more republicans elected. the roberts court. 5 of the best republican judges that money can buy.

    June 15, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Kenny K

    This is the reason why purging should not be allowed until thorough review is done. The governor's record was previously marked as dead just as someone's name can be mistakenly purged.

    June 15, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Mazzata

    He just looks dead.

    June 15, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Cindy

    To bad it is not true. This is that medicare fraudster who stole billions from medicare, pleaded guilty and paid over $300 million in fines. This man should not be making decisions about anybody and since he is a felon, who is he to say who has a right to vote.

    June 15, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Ol' Lefty

    Well, he sure looks like it!

    June 15, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. John N Florida

    Since the year 2000, 37 million votes have been cast in the State of Florida. Out of that, 178 votes MAY have been cast fraudulently. 0.00005%
    In the tear 2000, Kathryn Harris failed to put 36,000 legally registered voters in to the State's computer system, thus denying those legal voters their place at the ballot box.
    In the year 2000 almost 4000 voters who showed up to vote were denied that right because they were, incorrectly, identified as Felons.
    In the year 2000, under state orders, polling places were closed in violation of state law, too early. Many had long lines of voters, just home from work, waiting their turn to vote. That right was denied them.
    In the year 2000, under the explicit orders of Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers set up check points on roads leading to polling places in heavily Democratic Precincts, causing traffic jams and searching cars in their lines, some for as long as an hour with no probable cause. Many voters, held up while these 'searches' were being conducted, turned around and drove home – losing their Right to Vote.
    CLEARLY, the biggest danger to voter's Rights and accurate voting in Florida comes FROM the STATE, not from 'illegal voters'.
    To Clarke; not every state issues Voter's Cards. When I moved to Florida in 1988 I was asked to surrender my 'Ohio Voters Card' when I registered. I was lucky. The lady beside the registrar who was waiting on me was also a transplant from Ohio. That was important because – Ohio NEVER ISSUED Voters Cards so I had NOTHING to surrender. Voter Registration is fairly 'young' if you read up on it. North Dakota still doesn't have it and there's no Federal Law that requires a state to do it.
    Registration became an issue, especially in the South, AFTER the National Voting Rights Act was passed in the late 60s.

    June 15, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Paul

    So, he would have been purged from the voter rolls, eh? Ironic. Of course, he doesn't have a hispanic name or a history of voting Democrat, so the GOP would have no reason to purge him from the rolls.

    June 15, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    And, of course, were he not the governor he wouldn't have been able to get back on the voter rolls even if he could prove he was alive.

    June 15, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Tex Ann

    Does this guy have a swastica tatooed somewhere & wear those big black nazi boots- he sure looks the part.

    June 15, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. amac

    Mortally dead, no. Politically dead..... that's another story.

    June 15, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Lando

    Can you trust that guy's face....nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    June 15, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Lando

    Looks like a gestapo to me....

    June 15, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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