DOJ Demands End to Florida's Voter Purge
On Thursday night, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division sent a letter (below) to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, demanding an end to the voter purge threatening to keep thousands away from the polls.
The letter says that Florida violated the Voting Rights Act, which affects five counties, by not submitting changes to the Attorney General or the U.S. District Court for review. It also cites a violation of the National Voter Registration Act, which states that "A State shall complete, not later than 90 days prior to the date of a primary or general election for Federal office, any program the purpose of which is to systematically remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters."
AlterNet's Steve Rosenfeld explains the shamelessness of the purge:
Progressive voting rights groups and even county election supervisors from Scott’s own party are saying the businessman-turned-governor’s latest gambit—claiming there are as many as 182,000 non-citizens among the state’s 11.2 million registered voters and having his appointed Secretary of State send out an initial list of 2,600 names to be purged—has crossed a line in the Florida sand, topping previous voter suppression efforts, and may violate two federal voting right laws.
Read the full story here.