Florida's Detzner not going to stop voter purge

06/04/12 Janelle Irwin
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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has said that he will not cease efforts to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls. That was his reaction to a Department of Justice letter he received on Friday that claimed the purge was illegal because, among other reasons, it was occurring less than 90 days before an election. Today, WMNF spoke with Derrick Newton from the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida.

The Department of Justice letter also said that they methods being used by the state to identify possible ineligible voters has not been reviewed. Changes to voting rules in five of Florida’s 67 counties, including Hillsborough, must receive pre-clearance based on a history of voter discrimination. Newton said the ACLU also sent a letter similar to the one from the Department of Justice to Secretary Detzner on Friday. Newton added that legal action as the voter purge continues is a possibility.

Newton said hundreds of eligible voters have received letters instructing them that they must verify their eligibility within 30-days. The state is using a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles database to identify people who might not be U.S. citizens. Several Supervisors of Elections have said that they will not remove people from the rolls without more conclusive evidence.

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