Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Florida 2000

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), produced a report in June 2001 titled "Voting Irregularities in Florida During the 2000 Presidential Election." The report concluded, "Despite the closeness of the election, it was widespread voter disenfranchisement, not the dead-heat contest, that was the extraordinary feature in the Florida election. The disenfranchisement was not isolated or episodic." The USCCR found that African-American voters were at least ten times more likely to have their ballots rejected than other voters and that 83 of the 100 precincts with the most disqualified ballots had black majorities.

There were several reports of black voters being obstructed when trying to vote:

Black politicians want the commission to press Governor Bush and other state officials about the unusually high presence of Florida highway patrolmen in black precincts in election day.

One state senator, Daryll Jones, said there had to have been an order for them to set up road-blocks.

Choicepoint was forced to pay compensation for their actions during the 2000 Florida election, when they created lists of voters to be excluded from voting.