Remember a few months ago when Rick Scott’s administration in Florida sent a list of 180,000 names to county clerks that they thought were non-citizens who had illegally voted? It was full of so many names of legitimate voters that the clerks refused to use it and Scott blamed it on not having access to a federal database. So they got that access and — surprise, surprise — the list got much smaller.
The state flagged 198 voters of questionable U.S. citizenship by comparing a state database of drivers with a federal citizenship database at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The state released a list showing 38 of them have voted in elections, at least two of them in the Aug. 14 primary. (Earlier, the state said 39 people on the list had voted.)
From 180,000 to 38 who may have voted illegally, out of more than 8 million voters. You do the math. And even with that dramatically smaller list, a lot of the names had already been removed. Most of those who are on the list likely got there by mistake, not by deliberate fraud. They are likely people with permanent resident alien status who filled out the paperwork while applying for or renewing a driver’s license, without knowing they weren’t eligible. Once again we find that, despite these absurd numbers thrown around by self-serving Republican politicians, actual in-person voter fraud is vanishingly rare.