Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Florida To Sue Feds Over Right To Purge Registration Rolls Of Ineligible Voters
Florida has filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security to obtain access to their databases to aid in the process of purging its voter registration rolls of illegal aliens, convicted felons and the deceased, per Governor Rick Scott:
“I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters,” Scott told Fox News on Monday. “We’ve been asking for the Department of Homeland Security’s database, SAVE, for months, and they haven’t given it to us. So this afternoon, we will be filing a lawsuit, the secretary of State of Florida, against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database. We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.”
Florida was put in that position when they began the process of cleaning up the state's voter rolls and received a formal letter from Eric Holder and the Obama Administration's Department of Justice demanding they cease and desist,allegedly because the clean up of the data base violated violated the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
In response, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying it planned to continue the voter-roll purge, and that he was now seeking the DHS federal database as a part of that push.
Shortly afterwards the DOJ responded and said it was filing suit against the state.
Late Monday, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in a letter to Detzner that “I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in Federal Court.”
“One of Congress’s concerns in enacting the protections of the VRA and NVRA, and one of the Department’s concerns in enforcing federal law as enacted by Congress, is ensuring that state efforts to find and purge ineligible persons from voter registration lists do not endanger the ability of eligible U.S. citizens to register to vote and maintain their voter registration status,” the letter read in part.
In response, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner filed 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. We’ve filed a lawsuit to ensure the law is carried out and we are able to meet our obligation to keep the voter rolls accurate and current."
Illegal aliens, felons and the deceased are a very necessary Democrat constituency, because they make voter fraud a lot easier. It will be interesting to see where the courts ultimately go with this.