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Florida Felon Conspiracy.

Posted to Poetry and Politics

Hey, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, what the hell would you call it?

Florida is scrapping the 2004 version of the controversial felon list that prevented a lot of black people guilty of no crime from voting in 2000, due to incredibly negligent data gathering methods. Greg Palast sums it up here.

Well, there was more racial funny business with the one they were going to use for 2004:

The list was created by cross-checking voter registration and criminal records. Of the more than 47,000 voters on the potential felon list, Hispanics made up one tenth of 1 percent - this in a state where nearly 1 in 5 residents is Hispanic.

Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood issued a written statement Saturday saying the exclusion of Hispanics was "unintentional and unforeseen."

Probably has nothing at all to do with the fact that hispanics in Florida tend to be Cuban, and Cubans tend to vote Republican.

These people never give up.