Governor Rick Scott and his Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, may be all geared up to defy the Department of Justice on their purge of the voter rolls, but most county elections supervisors are saying, ‘Not so fast.’ Having been advised by counsel not to proceed with the purge because of the high error rate in the state’s list of suspects, all but one of the 67 county supervisors has declined to continue.
Christina White of the Miami-Dade Elections Department said, “The Supervisor of Elections has chosen to exercise her discretion under the law and has not taken any removal action under the State’s Non-U.S. Citizen Project, other than those whose ineligibility has been demonstrated by a preponderance of evidence. No removal action will take place until the State conducts a more comprehensive vetting process against current, credible and reliable data sources.”
In addition to those troubles, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Florida on behalf of two immigrants who are citizens, but were told they needed to prove it or be removed from the voter rolls. The state has been using driver’s license information to identify who they think are ineligible to vote, but often, people on the list have become citizens since obtaining their licenses.
A spokesman for Ken Detzner said, “We’re going to continue to seek out information that will help us identify non-citizens.” Just who is going to help them is currently unclear.