Some Florida Officials Challenge Voter Purge
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) may be engaging in one of the most aggressive voter suppression drives in history, but at least one elections official will not participate.
ThinkProgress reports that Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher the state sent her office a list of 115 names it considered “sure matches” with a list of non-citizens. Bucher’s office reviewed the list but determined the documentation and sourcing of the names was “not credible” and has therefore not sent out letters asking for verification of citizenship to any of those voters.
Bucher wants the purge effort to end until officials can come up with a process that will address the documented inaccuracies of the names pulled. In an interview with ThinkProgress she said:
We need to make sure we have reliable and credible information, by a preponderance of evidence. We could prove that the information was not credible before sending letters and even the Division of Elections has admitted substantial flaws. I did not feel we had credible information and told them I wouldn’t send [any letters] until they could give me a better list.
This thing is not working out so well, we know the information [on which the state relied to flag these names] is very old. They [listed the voter's] last transaction date with [the Florida Department of] Highway Safety — in many cases, [the was 2000, 2002]. By now they probably have become citizens – I questioned immediately.
Maintaining accurate voting records is a critical part of the election supervisors, and the state certainly has an interest in conducting clean, transparent elections. Gov. Scott, it seems, has missed that memo.
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