DOJ Tells Florida To Cease Voter Purge

Talking Points Memo reports that on Thursday evening the Department of Justice sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner demanding the state cease purging its voter rolls because the process being used at the direction of Gov. Rick Scott (R) appears to violate federal law.

Florida election officials did not pre-clear the purge as required under the Voting Rights Act, which appears to be the first violation of federal law. In addition to failing to pre-clear the purge under the Voting Rights Act, DOJ said the move also violated the National Voter Registration Act which requires that voter roll maintenance cease 90 days prior to an election. Florida’s primary is in August 14th, which means to be in compliance with the NVRA the purge must have ended May 16th.

The demand from DOJ is the latest challenge to the purge. Earlier in the week six members of Congress wrote Gov. Scott demanding he stop the process since it was improperly flagging many people who were eligible to vote.

The demand also came on the heels of a federal court decision that struck down Florida’s ban on outside groups like the League of Women Voters conducting voter registration drives. With that victory in place, perhaps the LWV can re-register the eligible citizens purged from the polls in Gov. Scott’s drive to once again put Florida under scrutiny for electoral corruption and fraud in a hotly contested presidential election.

Regardless, both the demand letter by DOJ and the federal court ruling come at crucial times and should be seen as good news in the fight against rights stripping by Republicans.

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Photo from crownjewel82 via flickr.


Susan O.
Susan O.4 years ago

The GOP is should be renamed GPV ... Great Purveyors of Evil

Carolyn S.
Carolyn S.4 years ago

No matter what they say, Republicans are pure evil. The antichrist is rising in the form of the Republican Party.

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

David K said:

"Is it just me???"

"OR does it seem that the GOP is trying to prove that everything the Democratic party suspects of them is true..."

No, David, it goes far beyond suspicion. The GOP is a criminal enterprise to the core.

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Mike C, let me guess. Fox "News" watcher, right? You are buying into lies. Why do you hate democracy?

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Jeffrey H said: "The Confederacy is under the 1965 Voting Rights Act because southern white trash are a threat to American values."

You are right on the money here, Jeffrey! These people have no love for democracy. They want an aristocratic plantation owner to tell them how to vote

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Jeffrey H, yeah, Republicans love to wave the flag -the Confederate flag.

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Gene J, I would not expect much out of this particular DOJ. Just look how the criminal banks have gone un indicted.

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Fred F, "dumb bell" is the way to describe it.

I mean, what else can you say. If someone has a rabid right wing political persuasion what is to say that someday they will no longer be in control. Then they will wish for free and fair elections. "Conservatives" can not think ahead. They should want everyone to vote -black, white, Hispanic and everyone.

Samuel B.
Samuel B.4 years ago

It seems to me like the DOJ needs to send the FBI or some other branch of law enforcement to Florida and take the governor and all of the other officials who are participating in the purge into custody and throw them into a federal prison since they are breaking federal laws.

These Republicans are acting more and more like the Nazis and the Fascists. If they have their way, the USA will soon become the New USSR.

Ira L.
Ellie L.4 years ago

Everyone: Get out and vote Democrat straight down the line. Re-elect President Obama, and give him a filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the House and the Senate. THAT'S CHANGE FOR THE BETTER!
See ya at the polls.
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