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Rick Scott's planned purge of non-citizens from voter rolls drawing fire

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn’t wait long before stating that he would renew the state’s efforts to remove non-citizens from voter rolls.

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, Scott told reporters, "If there's anybody that we think isn't voting properly, from the standpoint that they didn't have a right to vote, I think we need to do an investigation."

While the state’s Supervisors of Elections have been informed that a new purge will begin soon, groups that have long opposed another round are voicing their objections.

On Monday, five Florida-based and national civil rights groups announced their plan to object to the upcoming effort.

COALITION OF RACIAL JUSTICE GROUPS OPPOSE GOV. RICK SCOTT’S PLAN TO RESUME FLORIDA VOTER ROLL PURGE, APPEAL TO STATE ELECTIONS OFFICIALS

In Telephone Press Briefing, Organizations to Discuss How Florida’s New Purge Procedures are Faulty, Burdensome and May Unfairly Impact Voters of Color (Washington) – Five Florida-based and national civil rights groups have joined forces to oppose Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to resume the removal of suspected noncitizens from the voter rolls.

In a policy statement sent this week to all 67 Florida’s Supervisors of Elections, the organizations – Advancement Project, LatinoJustice Puerto Rican Defense and Education Fund, Florida New Majority, Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition – explained why the new purge lists are likely to be erroneous and discriminatory, and urged elections officials against using them to remove voters.

While Secretary of State Ken Detzner has yet to announce a new purge list of alleged noncitizens, Advancement Project advocates have spoken with county elections supervisors to learn the state’s procedures.

The coalition’s concerns include: the use of flawed, non-definitive data from the Department of Homeland Security’s SAVE database; the disproportionate impact on naturalized citizens, the vast majority of whom are voters of color; and the burdensome financial and time costs of forcing citizens to “show their papers” before voting.

In a media conference call, organization leaders will discuss their careful research of Florida’s plan, and their continued advocacy efforts to stop purge efforts across the state. WHAT: Telephone press briefing to discuss resumed Florida voter purge WHEN: Tuesday, September 10 at 11:00 am ET

[Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 10:49am]

    

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