In an aggressively worded four-page letter Scott’s administration accused DOJ of protecting illegal noncitizen voters more than lawful ones and said that it would absolutely not stop purging its voter rolls. Scott’s administration also said DOJ doesn’t understand the two federal voting laws in dispute here. Finally, Scott and his team accused the Department of Homeland Security of breaking a different federal law for refusing the state access to federal citizenship databases to assist the purge.
The response is basically a dare to DOJ to sue the state under the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.
DOJ is now in active litigation on voting rights cases with Florida, Texas and Arizona over efforts by conservatives to restrict and dilute minority voting rights in states with deep and troubled histories of racial discrimination in voting. So let’s be clear about the movement that is afoot. It should look familiar. We’ve been here before.
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