Feds demand voter removal data from nine counties
Florida's voter purge efforts are suspended for now, but the lawsuit over the removal of suspected non-citizens from the rolls drags on.
The U.S. Department of Justice sent subpoenas to nine of Florida's county election supervisors, demanding extensive information as to how the counties may have sought to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls. The information must be provided by Aug. 17, just three days after next week's statewide primary election.
The July 30 subpoenas were issued as part of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee in which the Justice Department has argued that any removals less than 90 days before a statewide election are in violation of federal law. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle denied the federal government's request for an injunction in June after a hearing at which the state said all voter purge efforts have been suspended.
The nine counties ordered to produce records are Pinellas, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Collier, Lee, and Bay. The subpoenas demand information "generated, provided of transmitted by Florida to [your] county that identify registered voters, including [your] county registered voters, as potential non-citizens based on Florida's data matching procedures using the Florida Voter Registration System ("FVRS") and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' ("DHSMV") Driver and Vehicle Information ("DAVID") database."
The subpoenas also ask supervisors to "include all documents reflecting the date the voter was removed, and, if applicable, the date the voter was reinstated."