No Match, No Vote. It’s now more than just an electoral catch phrase in Florida.
With Election Day fast-approaching, the Sunshine State is finally enforcing this local law aimed at preventing voter fraud, after several roadblocks.
The intent of the “No Match, No Vote” law is simple: to ensure voters are who they say they are.
The verification effort entails double-checking every voter registration form with the Florida Motor Vehicles database, or the Social Security database. If the numbers don’t match, the voters can still vote — with a provisional ballot — but that voter then has two days after Election Day to provide their driver’s license or Social Security card to their local elections supervisor.
“I have a responsibility … to ensure that we have a fair and honest registration process and that we have fair, honest and accurate elections,” Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning said. “That’s my goal, that’s my mission.”
The state is in the midst of registering new voters and enforcing the verification standard — but state lawmakers first passed the law three years ago.
It’s been in a holding pattern since then, after the NAACP and several other groups sued to block it, suggesting “no match, no vote” is a Republican attempt to infringe voting rights.
“We didn’t allow voting on the basis of race, we didn’t allow it on gender, we didn’t allow it on literacy, we didn’t allow it on money because we had poll taxes. So this is just another in this long history of trying to make it difficult to vote in the United States,” said Brad Brown, of the NAACP.
But ultimately the courts sided with the state. Browning, a Republican, said implementing the law less than a month before the voter registration deadline is not part of any conspiracy to suppress the vote.
Rather, the voter registration efforts naturally are aimed at swelling the voter rolls before November.
“There’s a lot of things that are not happening, but when people vote, there is power, and once you have power, you can accomplish things,” said Moses Holland, of People Unifying the Public.
So far, most voter registrations have checked out. Of the 400,000 new voters registered earlier this year, the secretary of state’s office reported that about 1,500 needed to be double-checked.
And of the 20,000 to 30,000 still expected to register, election officials expect only about 100 of those registrations will need to undergo extra verification under “no match, no vote.”
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FOX News’ Phil Keating contributed to this report
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