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Registered Florida voters questioned for their citizenship

Elif Geris

Bill Internicola is a World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star

Even a World War II veteran is being demanded of proof

A 91-year-old World War II veteran has been demanded to show proof of citizenship; otherwise, the state of Florida will not allow him to vote.

Bill Internicola was “flabbergasted” when he received a letter requesting this of him. A list with 180,000 names by Florida’s secretary of state are shown as possible noncitizens in Florida’s motor vehicle records.

Internicola was an Army medic in World War II in the 75th infantry division. He won a Bronze Star at the Battle of the Bulge and a Legion of Honor for his work in France during the war.  

To prove his citizenship and regain his right to be a Florida voter, Internicola sent his discharge papers, according to the Miami Herald.

Registered Florida voters are being boxed out and demanded proof of citizenship. According to NPR, “Democrats and voting-rights groups say the majority of those targeted by the purge are Hispanics and other minority voters.”

Two-thousands-and-six-hundered plus people in Florida have already received the same letter as Internicola, telling them they are not U.S. citizens.  According to Fox News, 182,000 registered Florida voters are qualified to be in the country, but they are not qualified to vote.

Rep. Ted Deutch and Rep. Alcee Hastings called Internicola an example of a “misguided” program.

”It’s sloppy, it’s a hurried voter purge and it could have major consequences for Florida’s election in November,” Hastings told The Sun Sentinel.

About a quarter of those registered Florida voters, who received the letter sent proof of their citizenship; though, a substantial number of errors were found to indicate whom could or could not be a Florida voter.

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