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Florida Denies DOJ Request

The State of Florida said it will continue its voter verification process despite a request from the Department of Justice to halt its plans.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Florida will ignore the Department of Justice's request to halt its voter verification process. 

Chris Cate, a spokesman for Detzner, told the Huffington Post

“We have an obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate and we are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure than ineligible voters cannot vote,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for Detzner. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot. We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate."

The Department of Justice declined comment on Florida's response, according to the Huffington Post. 

In a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the Justice Department  said the state's procedure to verify voting rolls violates the Voting Rights Act of 1973 and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

The Department of Justice said the system to remove voters from the rolls cannot take place within 90 days of an election. Because of the Aug. 14 primary, Florida needs to stop the process now, according to the Department of Justice. 

To complicate matters, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced Friday she is in Pinellas because of inaccurate information provided to the county. 

Of 36 potential non-citizens on Pinellas' voter rolls, five were found to be legal registered voters. 

"The accuracy of the voter registration database is of the utmost importance,” Clark said in a news release, “and we will continue our efforts to ensure the information is current. However, we will not use unreliable data.”

CJ June 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thank you Florida, for standing up for our states rights and our effort to have honest elelctions. What a great example this is for the rest of our nation. Big Brother needs to be put in it's place now and then. How can anyone find fault in any measure that is to make sure votes are legetimate. Perhaps it may be so that some refinements to the process can be amde...but to disallow it was plain wrong. It is obvious the Dems welcome the illegal voting, since they are the ones who benefit from it. How can people enjoy tainted victories?
Kevin June 07, 2012 at 02:50 PM
This is the same old events that the residents of this State seem to like to ignore. If we continue to sue the Federal Government, defend the practice of throwing eligible voters off of the voter roles and try to find the 2% of ineligible voters (which is the percentage that has been located during this voter purge process), we are simply throwing our money away. Simply another Kathrine Harris attempt to throw the Presidential election to the Republican minority of this State!!
Outraged June 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Again, this is a hugely shallow attempt at another Scott publicity. Has ANYONE other than Kevin bothered to comprehend, this PR tirade Scott is engaging in, does not cost him a dime-it costs the Taxpayers a fortune! We can not feed our own children in this state, but we can afford to Sue the Federal Government over something they will win anyway? Scott broke the law. period. He had the list for more than a year but waited until after the deadline to try to enforce it----of COURSE he would get free publicity out of it off our dimes.

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