U.S. says Florida’s voter purge violates federal law

The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers in federal court in Tampa asserting that Florida’s efforts to purge the voter rolls of non-citizens is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

The July 27 filing, known as a statement of interest, asserts that before Florida began scrubbing the rolls in search of non-citizens, it was required to submit the proposal to the federal government. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, five “covered” Florida counties are subject to a process known as pre-clearance: Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee, Hendry and Monroe.

The feds say Florida never submitted the new “citizenship list maintenance practices” to them for approval, even though they did submit an unrelated change for review in 2011 — the use of Social Security numbers to verify that a voter had died.  … Read more  (TBT/Bousquet)

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