Earlier this week, ThinkProgress reported the story of Bill Internicola, a 91-year-old, Brooklyn-born decorated World War II veteran who was targeted by Florida Governor Rick Scott’s voter purge.
As it turns out, this was not an isolated case.
The voter purge being aggressively pursued by Florida Governor Scott has snared another fully eligible World War II veteran in his 90s. From Tampa Bay Online:
In Tampa, University Village resident Archibald Bowyer, 91, a Navy corpsman in World War II, was tagged as a non-citizen. Bowyer said he has lived in the U.S. since age 2, has been a citizen since his father was naturalized a few years later, has lived in Tampa more than 30 years — and voted “every time there was a reason to.”…
He could have been knocked off voter rolls because he didn’t respond to a letter from Lennard’s office telling him he had 30 days to prove his citizenship.
He said he got the letter around the time his wife died.
“I had a lot to do, and I just glanced at it,” he said. “I didn’t send it back to them.”
The State of Florida does not seem overly concerned about Bill, Archibald or the hundreds of other citizens wrongly targeted by the voter purge. Florida Secretary of State spokesman Chris Cate said “a handful of people have been inconvienced.”
The Department of Justice is less sanguine. Last night, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division sent the state a letter indicating the purge was illegal and demanding it be put to a stop within one week. It is unclear if Florida will comply with the Department of Justice.
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