Voter Roll Purge
Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott plans to restart a purge of “noncitizens” on Florida’s voter rolls, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
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 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.
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.
One of the top officials involved in the Florida GOP’s purging of voters ahead of the presidential election in November has resigned just weeks before the state’s primary.
Last week a federal judge rejected a request from the Justice Department to halt Florida’s voter purge, primarily because the state said it had already halted the program. But Monday, Governor Rick Scott told Fox News he will probably decide this week what the “next step” in the case would be.
Elected officials would do well to remember that it is the job of the voters to pick their representatives, it is not the job of elected officials to pick who gets to vote.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said Thursday he knows what it’s like to be purged from voter rolls because it’s happened to him in the past.
It wouldn’t be a presidential election year without some sort of shenanigans going on in Florida. The latest case is squaring off the Department of Justice against the state of Florida and the state of the Florida against the Department of Homeland Security.