Democrats Ask Fla. Gov. To Block Voter Purge

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two Democratic members of Congress are asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call off plans to restart a voter purge.

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings on Thursday wrote the Republican governor. They said that last year's effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls was flawed.

A federal judge this week lifted an order that had halted state efforts.

State officials came under fire because some of the voters targeted last year for removal were U.S. citizens. Some voters, however, did admit they were not citizens.

The representatives in their letter to Scott urged the state to review its procedures before resuming its efforts.

State officials say they can now accurately identify illegally registered voters because they have access to a national immigration database.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal court is dismissing a lawsuit that a Hispanic civic organization and two naturalized citizens filed last year to block a voter purge.

The lawsuit became moot because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June. That decision halted enforcement of a federal law that required all or parts of 15 states with a history of discrimination in voting get Washington's approval before changing the way they hold elections.

The U.S. District Court in Tampa also on Wednesday lifted a five-month old stay that had prevented Florida from sending any new names of potential non-U.S. citizens to county election officials.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in court filings the state plans to resume removal of voters even though the validity of previous state lists has been questioned.

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