Feds Suing Florida Over Voter Purge
...while Florida sues feds over denied access to database
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2012 3:50 AM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2012 4:46 AM CDT
Florida's purge is coming too close to election times, the DoJ says.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

(Newser) – The Department of Justice is taking Florida's Board of Elections to court for disregarding its warnings and continuing to purge its voter lists. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez has told Florida officials that the state's attempt to purge people it believes are noncitizens from the rolls needs to be cleared by the department to ensure it does not "endanger the ability of eligible US citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration," Talking Points Memo reports. Civil rights groups say Florida is using an inaccurate database that is removing eligible voters from the rolls.

Florida says it has found 87 noncitizens on the rolls so far, though one person told he was a noncitizen turned out to be a Brooklyn-born WWII veteran, notes the Miami Herald. Florida's government has filed a federal lawsuit of its own, alleging that the Department of Homeland Security is illegally refusing to let the state access a federal database that would help it purge noncitizens from the rolls. "We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer," Florida's secretary of state told reporters.

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odowd80
Jun 12, 2012 2:58 PM CDT
This says it all: The 67 county elections supervisors — who have final say over voter purges —are not moving forward with the purge for now because nearly all of them don’t trust the accuracy of a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizens identified by the state’s elections office.The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the state to stop the purge. “We’re just not going to do this,” said Leon County’s elections supervisor, Ion Sancho, one of the most outspoken of his peers. “I’ve talked to many of the other supervisors and they agree. The list is bad. And this is illegal.” http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/08/3648003/florida-county-elections-supervisors.html
Coolface
Jun 12, 2012 2:28 PM CDT
Florida will win, because the DOJ is a disgrace and Holder's day of reckoning is coming for the scandals that plague this branch.
jerrymac
Jun 12, 2012 12:23 PM CDT
Go, Florida, Go.