The Washington Times reports that the Democrats have already filed nine separate lawsuits in Florida, challenging various aspects of Tuesday’s election procedures:
Led by the Florida Democratic Party, the People for the American Way, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO, the lawsuits target, among others, Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush’s brother.
The suits say Republican officials refused to count provisional ballots, improperly disqualified incomplete voter registrations, established overly restrictive rules to disproportionately hurt minority voters and actively sought to disenfranchise blacks.
One suit challenges a ruling by Mrs. Hood to throw out forms on which new voters had failed to check a box indicating whether they were U.S. citizens, and another argued that although only 17 percent of the voters in Broward County and 20 percent in Miami-Dade County were black, more than a third of the voter-registration forms that were determined to be incomplete and invalid in both counties involved black voters.
One would think that someone newly registering to vote could be required to at least represent that he is an American citizen. Apparently not, according to the Democratic Party. Ken Mehlman commented on the Democrats’ blizzard of lawsuits:
What you’re seeing is an attempt, through lawsuits and through intimidation, by Democrats to convert their allies’ registration fraud into voter fraud on Election Day. What you’re going to see is an attempt by them, regardless of what the outcome is, to say: ‘It’s unfair. We’re going to sue.’
I think that’s exactly right. The essence of the Democrats’ strategy is to use bullying tactics to facilitate voter fraud, which they hope will tip the election in their favor.
UPDATE: All together, the Democrats have now filed 35 lawsuits in 17 states.