Voting Rights Groups Challenge Purge of Florida Voting Rolls05/25/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today- some voting rights groups are challenging the purge of alleged non-citizens from Florida's voting rolls. We'll talk about that in a moment. First one listener comment about yesterday's discussion about the increased militarization leading up to the GOP Convention in Tampa.
Yesterday civil and voting rights organizations Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, LULAC Florida, and the Hillsborough Hispanic Coalition, Inc. sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner telling him that Floridaâ€™s plan to identify and remove alleged non-citizens from the voter rolls violates federal law and must cease immediately.
In a press release the group said: "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 â€œmatchesâ€ are scheduled to be removed from the rolls if they do not respond to notification within 30 days. Database matching programs are notoriously unreliable. Data entry errors, similar-sounding names, and changing information can all produce false matches. Additionally, some voters slated for removal may well have been naturalized since completing the DHSMV or juror forms. Further, it places the burden of proof on the voter, who must respond within 30 days to a notice letter that could easily be lost, misplaced, or inadvertently ignored."
We're joined now by Robert Brandon who is President of the Fair Elections Legal Network one of the groups criticizing