Voting Rights Groups Call on Florida to Stop Purging Voter Rolls

A voting rights coalition sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner today, alerting him that Florida’s plan to identify and remove alleged non-citizens from the voter rolls violates federal law and must cease immediately.

Earlier this month, the Florida Division of Elections sent county supervisors of elections a list of nearly 2,700 voters that they flagged as possible non-citizens by comparing voter lists with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) database and jury recusal forms. These “matches” are scheduled for removal from the rolls if they do not respond to notification within 30 days.

The coalition—including Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, LULAC Florida, and the Hillsborough Hispanic Coalition, Inc.—outlined the faults in Florida’s error-prone matching program….

The groups also noted that the purge effort violates Section 8 of the NVRA, which requires any program to remove ineligible voters to be completed no later than 90 days before a primary or general election for federal office. Florida’s primary election is less than 90 days away on August 14.

“The law is very clear, and there is a reason it requires voter purges to be completed well in advance of an election,” explains Catherine M. Flanagan, director of the Election Administration Program for Project Vote. “It is to provide the time necessary for election officials to verify their information and for wrongfully removed eligible voters to correct the mistake.”

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