Politio44 -- Good-government advocates have sued the state of Florida, alleging its purge of non-citizens from voter rolls has swept up too many legally-registered African American and Latino voters and is undermining laws that ensure fair access to the ballot box.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the local office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP filed a federal lawsuit in Tampa, claiming that the state Bureau of Elections is breaking the law in its ongoing purge, designed to scrub voter registration lists ahead of the state’s August congressional primary.
Florida officials, according to the suit, are using outdated information and a badly-flawed process to conduct the purge, according to the suit. And the procedure, the advocates contend, requires lawful citizens and already legally registered voters to prove their citizenship or lose their ability to vote.
“Florida is flouting federal laws designed to protect voters from precisely this kind of action,” Bob Kengle, co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement issued Friday. “The right of every citizen to have their voice heard at the ballot box is being threatened. The Lawyers’ Committee will continue to tirelessly fight any effort to make full-fledged Americans second-class citizens.”[...]
The Justice Department last month formally asked Florida to justify the move, warning that it might violate provisions in the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. In their response earlier this week, Florida officials insist the scrub is legal under both statutes, and would have happened much earlier in the election cycle if the Department of Homeland Security had allowed them to use a more expansive federal database for the comparison.
Blog author's comments - Why do the ACLU and the Democrats have such a problem with fair and transparent elections? What is it that they find offensive in this?
Liberals just hate to see their practice of trying to sway election results hampered. The law is clear, if you are not a citizen you can’t vote - it also requires that you be alive, seems fairly straight forward to me.
Has the ACLU ever done anything in favor of America? This is not a trick question. I have never heard of them doing anything that indicated a respect for America.
The Department of Homeland Security is also involved. (see link above) Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he will sue the DHS. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner produced the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C. district court on Monday, shortly after, along with a statement.
“For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls,” Detzner said. “We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer."