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Rep. Tom Rooney accuses AG Holder of 'blatant politicization' of position over Florida voter purge

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding he pull back on the effort to stop Florida from purging its voter rolls of noncitizens.

"The Department of Justice has an obligation to work with the state to prevent voter fraud and ensure that illegal votes are not cast, yet your department has consistently obstructed Florida’s efforts and has been either unresponsive or outright hostile to legitimate requests for information," Rooney wrote.

"While your department should be working with Florida to stop voter fraud, you are instead actively working to keep noncitizens – who have committed a felony – on our state’s voter rolls. It is time for you to end your blatant politicization of your position as Attorney General and the Department of Justice as a whole. Please direct the Voting Section of the Department to end its baseless efforts to stop Florida from removing illegal, noncitizen voters from its registration rolls, and please direct your Department to uphold its obligation to prosecute those who have committed a felony by registering to vote illegally." (full letter here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 2:11pm]


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