Justice Department Subpoenas Counties Over Voter Purge

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The fight over Florida’s attempt to purge voter rolls just months before an election took another twist Thursday as the Department of Justice subpoenaed information that counties were going to use to remove non-citizens from the rolls, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

Miami-Dade County is the largest county subpoenaed and also had the most potential noncitizens targeted by the Scott administration. Miami-Dade and the other subpoenaed counties have to respond by August 15, according to the Herald.

Officially, Miami-Dade County said it only removed 13 people who admitted in writing or by phone call that they were noncitizens, according to the Herald.

The Herald reported the other eight counties ordered to produce records are: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Collier, Lee, and Bay.

The Justice Department asked for information, “generated, provided or transmitted by Florida to [your] county that identify registered voters, including [your] county registered voters, as potential non-citizens based on Florida’s data matching procedures using the Florida Voter Registration System (“FVRS”) and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (“DHSMV”) Driver and Vehicle Information (“DAVID”) database,” the Herald reported.

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