Feds Tell Florida: You Can't Purge Voters -- There Are Laws About That

Wait, I have to obey federal law?
Gov. Rick Scott's campaign to purge "noncitizens" from the voter rolls less than three months before a primary election violates federal law, according to the Department of Justice.

In a letter sent yesterday to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the chief of the DOJ's voting section gave Detzner six days to let the feds know whether he would stop the purge that has already affected hundreds of voters.

Scrubbing large numbers of potentially ineligible voters from the rolls less than 90 days before a federal election violates the National Voter Registration Act, the letter says. Also, under the Voting Rights Act, any voter rules impacting five counties in Florida with a history of racial discrimination must be approved by the feds, to make sure the rules don't have a discriminatory effect. Scott's administration didn't bother to get approval before starting this scrub.

This federal smackdown follows weeks of outcry from the media, elected officials, and voting rights groups who pointed out that the "noncitizen" lists are heavy on Democrats and Hispanic voters. Plus, the lists are full of errors. Local elections officials have discovered they include hundreds of people who are, in fact, citizens.

Detzner has until June 6 to respond to the feds. According to the News Service of Florida, he's still dedicated to "preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot."

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how many votes did Bush win by?

just 2 so far in so fla...

Two South Florida men who are said to have acknowledged they weren't U.S. citizens, but cast election ballots anyway, could face criminal charges, the Miami Herald reported in a political blog.

The cases involving Neville M. Walters and Ramon Cue surfaced as federal election regulators and county elections supervisors in Florida decided to challenge Gov. Rick Scott's effort to purge non-citizens from the state's voter rolls.


the election is in NOVEMBER, I'm not that good at math, but isn't that well over 90 days?

-Since Dead people can vote, why not illegal aliens?

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

The primary election is in August.

Hu Flung Poo
Hu Flung Poo

 I would suggest NOT responding to USDOJ. It's time for resolution of the inherent conflict between the USDOJ hamstringing the states in their efforts to reduce voter registration fraud and errors, and the one-man, one vote standards announced in Reynolds v. Sims. That was about redistricting and apportionment - but it is the same thing when you get down to individual votes cast. If your single vote is reduced in weight to .99987 votes by fraud or ineligible voters casting ballots - how can that stand given voting rights jurisprudence set more than 40 years ago? Let Holder sue and take this question up.

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