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. Laylahb

    He should have been purged, just like all the other living citizens that he's trying to block, who have a legal right to vote..

    June 16, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |

    Wait, the story implies that he voted more than once. Isn't the GOP trying to prevent just that?

    June 16, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  3. sharong62

    I think that's hilarious!!! Maybe he should purge himself!

    June 16, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  4. maltytasker

    Does this mean that he won't be able to vote?

    June 16, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. Jay

    This proves that voter surge and the Governor are a fraud.

    June 16, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  6. SagaciousFoo

    It's a good thing that he's in a position of power so he could quickly and easily get this voting irregularity fixed. I mean, if he were poor and, let's say Hispanic, then he might've found himself on some voter purge list right before a Presidential election with little time to get the problem fixed.

    June 16, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  7. ksb

    Better 1000 legitimate citizens be denied their right to vote (especially if they are democrats) that risk having ONE illegal cast a vote.

    "“Nobody believes non-US citizens should vote,” Scott continued. “We know they register to vote and we know they vote in elections.”
    And how do we know this? We don't. Scott just makes it up. Illegals keep their heads down. They would have NO incentive whatsoever to register to vote.

    'he “couldn’t imagine why we’re having a conversation about having non-citizens voting in our state.”'
    We're not. This is a conversation about Scott trying to prevent legitimate citizens from voting.

    June 16, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  8. ppppuuuuuu

    the man should be in prison!

    June 16, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  9. Patriot

    Gotta love Florida – elected a governor whose corporation he built and was CEO (Columbia/HCA) and personally made hundreds of millions of $$$ – – his company, WHILE HE WAS CEO, committed THE LARGEST MEDICARE FRUAD IN U.S. HISTORY.

    This guy was an attorney who could not make a go at that (and that says something in itself), so he brags that he used his credit cards to buy a hospital (which made over 50% of its money from your tax dollars of Medicare and Medicaid).

    Is is any wonder Florida is the predominate state for Medicare and Medicaid fraud?

    They got the best governor your tax dollars can buy!

    Fact check – run a websearch on Scott Columbia/HCA fruad for 250k hits

    Bush Legacy – the gift that just keeps on giving (to those who already are wealthy).

    June 16, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  10. Becca

    This same thing Happened to my mom. she went to the bank and all er accounts were closed and on hold. What ever they were on hold for . But they were. The bank told her that she was dead also. She had t go through so much to prove she did not die and it took her for ever to be able to get into her bank account for money.

    June 16, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  11. Bill

    Maybe they checked and couldn't find a heart.

    June 16, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  12. George Bush II

    Florida , it helped me out.

    June 16, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  13. rubrainless

    they meant dead from the neck up

    June 16, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  14. AppalachianMom

    Take him off the voter list. He must be an illegal voter. He's been declared dead and has no right to vote.

    June 16, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  15. Vidyashanti

    Can not believe. Did he show the proof that he is what he says he is.

    June 16, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. ED FL

    Whoever made the comment that the governor was dead must have been referring to his chances next election. The Florida public has had enough of this GOP group to last a lifetime.

    June 16, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  17. Vidyashanti

    Regret the error.

    June 16, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. hjs3

    Wouldn't miss him if he were...

    June 16, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. Stephen

    The conversation is not about allowing illegals to vote, it's about spending 100's of thousands to keep 50 Mexicans from voting. After being declared dead at the polls (something most Floridians dearly wish for) he of all people should have recognized the dangers of striking someone from the voter list without due diligence.

    June 16, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. acorlando

    I'd like some fact checking here. Show some proof that this actually happened. I am calling BS on this statement.

    June 16, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  21. Patrish

    This is one Florida resident who would not miss him if it was true. Unfortunately, we are stuck with him for a while longer. One of the worse governors we've ever had!

    June 16, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. thomas

    Poor Gov Rick Scott. He had such a difficult experience. I'm sure he had all of his lawyers deal with it. This is supposed to make everyone think that he's a saint or something? Give me a break.

    June 16, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Joseph

    Actually he looks like death warmed over.

    June 16, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. chefdugan

    We are moving back to Florida this August and I am looking forward to everything but having this idiot as governor! How did the Republican party in Florida since this low since Jeb? I wonder how long it has been since he began walking upright?

    June 16, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. chefdugan

    We are moving back to Florida this August and I look forward to everything but having this idiot as governor. How could the Republican party sink this low since Jeb? I don't think it has been too long since Scott started to walk upright.

    June 16, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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