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Orlando LE - Florida to sue DHS in voter registration debate.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 13th, 2012
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be suing the Department of Homeland Security to move forward with his attempt, which some say to be controversial, to delete the voter-rolls of ineligible voters in his state.

ORLANDO, FL (Catholic Online) - "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."

The Department of Justice wanted Florida to stop the deletion of the voter-rolls, stating that it violated the Federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

The Scott administration sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying they would continue the voter-roll purge, and is currently seeking the DHS database as a portion of that push.

State voter registration rolls are filled up with non-citizens and illegal immigrants who are ineligible to vote, argued Republicans. According to Democrats, the GOP is trying to stop voting rights from groups that usually vote Democratic, and that there are only a few cases of voter fraud.

Now, any Florida resident that is eligible to vote that is purged from the voter rolls will have to verify their citizenship to be allowed to vote.

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