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Advocacy Groups Beg Department of Justice to Put Brakes on Voter Purge

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 12, 2012

Four advocacy groups say they've collected more than 22-thousand petitions from Floridians.

They're urging the Department of Justice to put the brakes on Governor Rick Scott's voter purge.

Those four groups include:
Today Progress Florida, Color of Change, Florida New Majority, and Move-On.org.

For months, the governor has been trying to clean up the voter rolls to keep non-citizens from illegally voting.

Critics say the purge unfairly targets minorities...mainly Hispanics.
Supporters say it's important to make sure anyone voting in the elections has the right to do so.

The state looked at old driver's license applications and found more than 100-thousand names of non-eligible voters who could potentially be on the rolls illegally.

The Miami Herald reported that hispanics account for more than half of that purge list, but only 13-percent of the state's registered voters.
Critics worry that the purge will also mainly hurt the Democratic vote.

Again 22-thousand petitions have been gathered from Floridians against the voter purge.

They will be handed over to the Department of Justice.

We put in a call to Governor Rick Scott's office to ask for a comment but have not heard back.


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