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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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Voldemort, dead? The Dark Lord will rise again, greater and more terrible than ever before.

    June 15, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. veronica

    He looks a lot like He-who-shall-not-be-named.

    June 15, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. SharkMan2

    "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."

    If the State of Florida had done its job in the first place, there wouldn't even be an issue of illegals being registered voters. When I lived in Florida and registered to vote there, my voter registration information was forwarded the County Supervisor of Elections. Presumably, they verified my eligibility to vote before they sent me my voter registration card. If that's not happening, then just what are they doing there?

    June 15, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Drew

    The unbelievable irony of this lol

    June 15, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Good example of mistakes like the Gov. here with that trumped-up lists of people to take off the rolls to keep them for voting democratic! One has to be blind not to see where this is headed.

    June 15, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. amlcpamaine

    ... and if you believe this trash I have a bridge-to-nowhere that i'd be pleased to sell to you.

    June 15, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. MrManhattan

    Now here's a case where we really should check his birth certificate. Both of them!

    June 15, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

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

    Really? Then why is the incidence of voter fraud 0.004%? Then does the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections rightly believe that what Gov. Scott is trying to do by purging voter rolls is against federal law – and are refusing to do it?

    Hey, GOP voters: When are you going to WAKE UP to the FACT that your party thinks you're a bunch of idiots easily lead around by your nose and convinced to vote against your own self-interest by simply scaring you?

    Have you stopped to think how much you are being played for fools?!?

    June 15, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Cheryl Jefferies

    Hey, another vote for Obama in November! Whoops! They can't do that now...or, can they? They seem to do anything else they want to do in defiance of our laws. I'm sure they were planning on "voting him" since he was dead. Why not go ahead and "vote him" when he's alive? Then, when he comes to vote, they can arrest him for trying to vote twice. Typical Dem tactics.

    June 15, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @mary: "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."

    The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections rightly believe that what Gov. Scott is trying to do by purging voter rolls is against federal law – and are refusing to do it.

    Thank goodness for these Supervisors!

    June 15, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Correction: "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 THAN Republicans – and that anyone with a working brain will vote Democratic."

    June 15, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Montanajau

    It's tough when you know you have the right to vote and some cretin takes it away from you, eh, Mr. Scott? I suspect that's the way some Floridians, mostly minorities, felt in 2000, when Katherine Harris purged them. Nobody likes to be removed from the voter rolls unfairly, especially for political purposes. And we know that's the reason for the latest Republican purge of Florida voters.

    June 15, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Jebbb

    Purge the zombie governor from the voting rolls! Turnabout is fair play. Let freedom ring!

    June 15, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. SMJ

    Just look at him...he may not be dead, but he's killing the Sunshine State. Karma is strange, though.

    June 15, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. 1608

    At this time it's good not to live in FL.

    June 15, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    He's a ZOMBIE!! Everyone cover your heads! Put a hard hat on or something! He is after your BRAINS!

    June 15, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. newt

    How is this different from all those other days when he was mistaken for alive?

    June 15, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. LouAz

    So this guy is the one that started all the Voter Fraud in Florida . . . He looks dead to me.

    June 15, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Sheri

    I think non-citizens should be able to vote, as long as they are legal residents of the United States.

    June 15, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. sittingduck

    Obviously photo I.D. will save us from all those "aliens" who want to participate in government-unlike 51% of citizens can't be bothered to vote.

    June 15, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. terryrayc

    Wait forget the dead thing, is he saying the Florida want's to make it so only U.S. citizens can vote and Obama is fighting back so Illegals should be allowed to vote? Is that how the left plans to win Florida now?

    June 15, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. CBR

    How does this governor know that non-citizens vote? Why did he even tell this story which supposedly happened to him?

    Exactly who are they trying to keep from the voting booths? Perhaps they should give us a description of these people.

    Think back to the 30' and 40's and see if this all sounds familiar. Those who are on the far right seem to have an agenda of their own. Day after day they make their positions known. Day after day they have felt it to be their duty to question the motives of every other American. Just when do we say enough.

    June 15, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. BetterDeadThanRethug

    The Republicans are at it again. They found a way to remove 500 legitimate voters in 2000 and guess what happened next. They won by 500 votes.

    June 15, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. WDJ

    The american people have a right to know if this Gov is dead or alive. He needs to provide his birth certificate, the long form, so we can be sure that Florida is not being run by a dead person.

    June 15, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. garwin1

    Purge him from the voter's list. Isn't that what he wanted?

    June 15, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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