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Federal database used to remove 207 Florida voters from rolls



TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of State have used a federal immigration database to cause the removal of 207 noncitizen voters, and there could be more to come.

But most of the people on the initial list of potentially ineligible voters will remain on the state's voting rolls, officials said Wednesday.

The announcements were part of a settlement with a coalition of voter rights groups that had sued over the state's attempt to purge potential non-U.S. citizens from the voting rolls.

"We want every Florida voter to be confident that their vote is protected and not hurt in any way by the illegal activity of others," Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a news release. "We know that every vote counts, especially here in Florida where only 537 votes decided the presidential election in 2000."

In April, the state identified 2,625 potentially ineligible voters after checking voter rolls against a motor vehicle database that contained some outdated citizenship information. The coalition filed its lawsuit in June, accusing the state of unfairly targeting minority voters.

The plaintiffs agreed Wednesday to drop most of the suit after the state signed off on several "stipulations."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:09pm]


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