Florida's Vote Fraud System Will Be Investigated
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Schedules Hearings on Voting Irregularities
Washington, D.C. -- The U. S. Commission on Civil Rights today announced plans to conduct hearings in Tallahassee on January 11 and January 12, 2001 to look into allegations of voting irregularities in the November 7 Florida presidential elections. The probe is aimed at determining whether eligible persons were denied the right to vote and if their votes were properly counted.
The announcement was issued by Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry in Washington, DC and Vice Chair Cruz Reynoso in Los Angeles.
The Tallahassee hearings will be the first in a series of hearings around the state of Florida in which information about its electoral system will be secured from subpoenaed records and the sworn testimony of public officials, experts, advocates and registered voters.
The Commission is authorized to hold hearings and to issue subpoenas for the production of documents and the attendance of witnesses under its statutory and regulatory authority. The Commission is an independent bipartisan, fact-finding agency authorized to study, collect, and disseminate information, and to appraise the laws and policies of the Federal Government.
The Commission is also empowered to study and collect information with respect to discrimination or denials of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The Commission has broad authority to investigate allegations of voting irregularities even when alleged abuses do not involve discrimination.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan fact-finding agency. Its members are Chairperson Mary Frances Berry, Vice Chairperson Cruz Reynoso, and Commissioners Christopher Edley, Jr., Yvonne Y. Lee, Elsie Meeks, Russell G. Redenbaugh, and Victoria Wilson. Les Jin is Staff Director.
If you have evidence or testimony to submit to the Commission, contact chairperson Berry at 202-376-7417 or vice chair Reynoso at 310-206-3653.
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