Florida Gov Slams Feds' Lawsuit Against Voter Purges

Rick Scott: 'It doesn't make any sense'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
Florida Gov. Rick Scott.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

(Newser) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of backing off his showdown with the federal government, giving Fox & Friends today an earful over the feds' lawsuit to stop the Sunshine State's noncitizen voter purges. "We want to make sure that our voters get to vote and non-US citizens don’t vote. It’s simple," Scott said, calling the issue "a no-brainer." It's not about politics, he added. "This isn’t Republican, Democrat, or independent. This is protecting the rights of US citizens and not diluting their vote."

Lawsuits over the matter—Florida has launched one of its own as well—are a poor use of public funds, Scott said, according to Politico. The state is trying to "pay down our debt, do the right things for the citizens of our state, and the federal government tells us, ‘Oh no, you can’t do the right things for your citizens, and we’re going to sue you,'" he said. "It doesn't make any sense." Speaking on CNN later, he called on the feds to allow the state access to a citizenship database. (Read more Rick Scott stories.)

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