Florida Voter Purge
Florida’s voter purge of roughly 200 ineligible voters from state voter rolls may continue, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Judge William Zloch said Florida has a “compelling interest” to make sure non-citizens don’t cast ballots.
The Florida voter purge list rose like a phoenix from the ashes Wednesday when Governor Rick Scott’s elections department sent a new list of 198 people who it believes are ineligible to vote.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed papers in federal court alleging Florida’s voter purge of “non-citizens” violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Florida will sue the Department of Homeland Security to gain access to a federal database in its efforts to purge ineligible voters from the rolls, according to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the state’s top election official.
As Governor Rick Scott and the state government prepare to defy a federal request to stop the voter roll purge; the constant claim from Scott and the Republican legislature has been the purge is needed to prevent voter fraud.