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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Allegations of Voter Intimidation in Florida

The Justice Department is investigating alleged intimidation of elderly voters in Florida.
There have been growing calls for a federal investigation of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's response to allegations of voter fraud in Orlando's mayoral election. Democrat Buddy Dyer's (search) narrow victory sparked accusations that a black activist may have improperly filled out absentee ballots. FDLE agents interviewed dozens of voters who cast absentee ballots.

Civil rights groups and Democrats contended the agents' presence and behavior, including allegedly displaying their guns, intimidated the minority voters they visited.

If in fact that black activist improperly filled out absentee ballots, effectively manufacturing votes, that is an ignoble practice that needs to be brought to a stop. The same goes for deliberate intimidation on the part of law enforcement agents if such intimidation did in fact take place.

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