Monday, September 22nd, 2014

MoveOn gets its facts wrong on Florida's voter purge

A Florida poll worker arranges voting booths. (2010 Tampa Bay Times photo)
A Florida poll worker arranges voting booths. (2010 Tampa Bay Times photo)

The liberal group MoveOn.org warned its supporters in a blistering email that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is engaged in voter suppression.

The subject line: "Secret GOP plan revealed."

"Republican Governor Rick Scott tried to kick 180,000 people off the voter rolls in his state and is now suing the Department of Justice after they stepped in to stop him," the June 27 fundraising email said. "Rick Scott's racist voter purge -- which directly targets Latino voters -- is so egregious that every one of the 67 supervisors of elections in the state -- Democrats, Republicans, and independents -- has so far refused to carry it out."

Some of the email’s claims struck us as a bit off, so we decided to investigate.

We found inaccuracies with two of the group's statements: That Scott tried to "kick 180,000 people off the voter rolls" and that "every one of the 67 supervisors of elections in the state" refused to carry out his wishes. We rated both statements False.