In an effort to follow through with his decision to remove noncitizens from lists of registered voters, Gov. Rick Scott sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security June 11 over Florida’s recent voter purge.
The state claims the Department of Homeland Security unlawfully refused to give it access to databases that would aid the state in identifying and deleting noncitizens from voter rosters.
In immediate response to the suit, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Florida over the state’s possible violation of two federal laws in its voter purge.
From the Miami Herald:
The state’s program is too “faulty” and comes too close to election time to not endanger the voting rights of thousands of lawful U.S. citizens, [Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E.] Perez wrote. He said Florida has repeatedly ignored Homeland Security’s warning that the department’s database, known as SAVE, isn’t designed for the noncitizen hunt on which Florida embarked.