June 15, 2012
As the battle continues between the state of Florida and the federal government with the Department of Justice filing a lawsuit that seeks to stop Florida from purging voters from registration rolls, Northwood University Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Interim Florida Provost Dr. Kristin Stehouwer shared insight with Ben Becker, anchor of WPEC, South Florida's CBS affiliate.
With the heart of the voter purge controversy who gets to vote, Stehouwer harkened to the hanging chad controversy of the 2000 presidential election, while reinforcing that every vote counts. She shared that even though 50 or 100 votes are being talked about now, increased numbers could make a difference in the presidential election.
"The federal lawsuit comes after the Department of Justice began questioning the legality of the state's so-called voter purge program which would remove names from Florida's voter rolls months before the 2012 presidential election. Meantime, on Monday, Florida sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to gain access to a federal database to help its efforts to purge ineligible voters," said Becker.
Because Florida is considered a key battleground state in the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney, conditions support a strong legal fight which could dictate the winner of Florida and possibly the presidency. According to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, Romney holds a 47-to-41 percent lead over President Obama.
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in Political Science and International Relations. Her graduate studies included International Law at the University of Strasbourg as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Her scholarly work has focused on political and economic cooperation. She also earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. She has published numerous articles and made many national presentations. She has worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks six languages. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities.
To view the CBS interview, please visit: http://cbs12.com/news/features/vote/local/#